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Evaluation

As program managers and educators design place-based education intiatives, it is helpful to build evaluation into the plan. Every evaluation is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each program. The process and the results can be used to:

  • Help program staff identify which program elements are most effective so that they can then effectively decide which aspects of their programs to augment or eliminate
  • Determine how a program impacts participants
  • Write grant reports or apply for additional funding
  • Solicit funds from prospective donors
  • Create new partnerships

Starter tools and resources for conducting program evaluations

Vignette

Outdoorsmen Tell Tales of the Woods

Inspired by the Northern Forest Center's Ways of the Woods traveling exhibit, students in the extracurricular Team Quest program from L.P. Quinn School in Tupper Lake, New York, got excited to explore their own community. The students, with their teachers and an educator from the Adirondack Museum, learned how to use a digital video camera, conduct interviews and edit the material. On a beautiful day in June, Jim and Butch, Adirondack outdoorsmen with decades of experience on hunting, fishing and building boats, paddled to a local park to spend the morning with the students, answering questions about their experiences, and how equipment and the landscape have changed over the years. The students and their adult mentors edited the document into a video for public use.

L.P Quinn
Tupper Lake, New York


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