Neill 2010 Program evaluation and outdoor education: An overview

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Working space for a presentation by James Neill to the 16th National Outdoor Education Conference, Notre Dame University, Fremantle, Western Australia, January 10-13, 2010.

This session will explore ways to approach program evaluation in the context of outdoor education and related group-based experiential programs.


This session will discuss program evaluation in outdoor education. What is it? Why do it? What methods are there? How can data be analysed? How can results be used? We will consider several example program evaluation studies and available tools and resources. There will also be opportunity to workshop your own program evaluation needs.

Topics audience want covered

  1. When is it appropriate to have an evaluation?
  2. How do we get good info from small programs?
  3. How do measure transfer over time?
  4. Is it useful to acccumulate data over time?
  5. Is it useful to collect data from past participants?
  6. How do we use evaluation/research to justify/accountability for programs?
  7. What ways can evaluation info be presented?
  8. How can it be done efficiently?

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