Evaluating Success

A group of school children with a banner that says 'biodiversity'
Manzo Elementary students, Tuscon Unified School District, University of Arizona Community and School Garden Program.

NPS Photo/K. Coy

To verify if this strategy works, CSP will support a series of pilot projects and monitor measurable outcomes to evaluate success. Pilot projects will demonstrate the range of audiences and resource issues that can be addressed through this approach at parks with various designations across the country.

Pilot projects will include a/an:
  • Diverse participant groups from urban and rural settings
  • Array of project types and resources addressed
  • Range of ecosystems across the country
  • Variety of size and designation of park units

Example pilot projects include:
  • Invasive species detection or removal projects
  • Inner city schoolyard biodiversity inventories (BioBlitzes)
  • Citizen science programs to monitor indicator species for landscape conservation
  • Pollinator conservation efforts in parks and communities
For each pilot project, CSP will evaluate success based on (1) progress made toward stewardship goals, (2) amount of collective effort, (3) impact of experience to participants, and (4) cost-effectiveness.

Last updated: March 20, 2017