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Program Evaluation for Examining and Improving the Effectiveness of  Outdoor Education Programs

James Neill
Last updated: 09 March, 2003

 

To be presented at the National Outdoor Education Conference, Adelaide, Australia, April 14-16, 2003

 

Abstract

Program evaluation is often used as a means of examining program effectiveness, staff competence, and demonstrating specific outcomes to funding agencies and program clients.  But a lot of time programs have difficulty achieving such evaluation processes due to vague outcomes, inappropriate measurement tools, and a lack of support in areas that fall outside of personal expertise.  This workshop will engage participants in a series of processes that will help them design effective program evaluation methods for their specific programs, as well as alert program staff to resources for accessible tools that can aid in program evaluation processes and outcomes.