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December 1, 2014


PLANNING FOR MEANINGFUL EVALUATION

When: February 26-27, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Library Auditorium, 10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, GA 31411.
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Course Description: This two-day course hosted by Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and led by instructors from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management addresses the increasing demand for evidence of program or project accountability and impact by preparing participants for a program or project evaluation. The course is appropriate for those planning an internally or externally conducted evaluation or those setting guidelines for evaluation efforts. The content, examples, resources, and use of logic models make this course well suited for coastal resource professionals. Each participant's program or project will be the basis for course activities. The course is not intended to train participants to be professional evaluators, but to provide an understanding of all elements of evaluation so they are able to create sound evaluation plans.

Course Goal: Participants will create a draft evaluation plan and have an improved ability to plan for a project or program evaluation that is efficient, effective, and yields meaningful results.

Learning Objectives: After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Determine the evaluation question
  2. Create a context description
  3. Identify logic model components appropriate to the evaluation question
  4. Assess plausibility using strategies from social science models
  5. Identify external influences that can help or hinder the evaluation
  6. Create effective performance measures that support the evaluation question
  7. Select appropriate data collection instruments
  8. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an evaluation plan

Click here to view Course Agenda:

Course Prerequisite: Participants need to bring a logic model of the program or project they intend to evaluate and related performance measures, if such measures exist. The training begins with, and builds upon, this logic model. Therefore, it is vital that attendees have taken Program Design and Evaluation (offered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management) or have participated in program logic-model development in another setting.

If you are interested in attending this course, contact:

Kathleen Jamison
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
10 Ocean Science Circle
Savannah, GA 31411
kathleen.jamison@noaa.gov
912.598.2416

Please include your name, address, estimated number of participants from your organization, and confirmation of your logic-model development experience. Enrollment is limited and will be capped at 30 participants.


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