Research and Evaluation

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.

Highlighted Projects

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Supporting Environmental Justice Across the Department of Interior

Based on the Department of Interior's Environmental Justice (EJ) priorities and the skills of the Stewardship Institute, we are partnering with offices across DOI and NPS to document promising practices for working with EJ communities. This support will focus on highlighting transferable practices within the bureaus which are creating strong partnerships and gathering guidance from experts in environmental justice and indigenous environmental justice. A highlight of this work already includes a successful pilot of a high school internship program supported by the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance, the University of the District of Columbia, and Anacostia High School. This program is being expanded in its second year and will serve as model for other EJ internships focused on student agency and voice.

Last updated: February 22, 2023