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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

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Sutton History Questing Project

Elementary students collaborate with the local historical society to investigate their town's history. Students conduct interviews with selectmen, the chief of police, the town historian, and storytellers, and explore their community's architecture and physical features. The study culminates in an art show and the creation of a "Quest" — a treasure hunt that highlights the town's history.

Sutton Central Elementary School
Sutton Mills, NH


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