Research and Evaluation

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The Institute believes that research and evaluation is the cornerstone to strong effective programs. We use evaluation to advance understanding of effective leadership and explore how programs produce desired impacts and outcomes. Institute projects must have a clear application and evaluation element to facilitate organizational learning. Research is crafted to be applied to park and program operations.

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Engaging Diverse Communities

The Institute and its partners developed the Beyond Outreach Handbook: A Guide to Designing Effective Programs to Engage Diverse Communities. Through in-depth evaluation of youth programming at Santa Monica Mountains and Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Areas, the Institute was able to distill promising practices for engaging diverse youth. This Handbook is a tool to assist National Park Service practitioners and their partners in developing and sustaining programs that successfully connect diverse communities with their local national parks. It guides practitioners through an assessment that identifies gaps in readiness and informs the development of effective strategies.

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Beyond Outreach Handbook

Featured Publications

Beyond Outreach Handbook: A Guide to Designing Effective Programs to Engage Diverse Communities 2011
Engaging the full spectrum of Americans in the stewardship of our parks and special places is now recognized as crucial to the future of our national park system. This handbook represents an important new tool to assist National Park Service (NPS) managers and practitioners and their partners in developing programs that successfully connect diverse communities with their local national parks. It guides practitioners through an assessment that identifies gaps in readiness and informs the development of an effective engagement strategy. The handbook is based on a research project that probed what constitutes good practices for engaging diverse communities and enhancing the relevancy of the national park system.

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Reflecting on the Past, Looking to the Future: Sustainability Study Report. A Technical Assistance Report to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, 2005 In 2004, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission (Commission) initiated the Blackstone Sustainability Study to evaluate the past 18 years of work in the National Heritage Corridor (Corridor) and use this as a foundation for a dialogue about future management of the Corridor.

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Last updated: December 6, 2017