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Practical research for busy practitioners the role and relevance of research crpa november 26 2013

Practical Research for Busy PractitionersThe Role and Relevance of ResearchCRPA November 26, 2013

Lee J. deLisle PhD

Associate Professor - SCSU

Chair - NRPA Education Network


The rls research dilemma

The RLS Research Dilemma

“Evaluating the Construct Validity of Sense

of Belonging as a Measure of Landscape

Perception”


What some are saying about research

What Some are Saying about Research

  • D. Sessoms: Divergence of interests - leisure vs recreation

  • K. Henderson: “the challenge is to take research and determine its relevancy to the daily lives of individuals and to the field of practice”.

  • S. Shaw: “Leisure research remains intellectually isolated from other disciplines”


Practical research for busy practitioners the role and relevance of research crpa november 26 2013

And…

Peter Witt:

“…we consistently hear that most practitioners and academics do not read what we have written….”

“…much of what we have researched and published is of little consequence to them.”


Quality of life

Quality of Life

  • “Americans worship their work, work

    at their play, and play at their

    worship…” Dahl 1974


Role of leisure and recreation in society

Role of Leisure and Recreation in Society

1980’s – “Life Be in It”

1990’s - “Benefits are Endless”

2000’s - “Hearts in Parks”

- “Creating Community in the

21st Century”

2010 + - NRPA in Action

- PRORAGIS


Working professionals want more

Working Professionals Want More…

  • More research that matters

  • More collaborative efforts with researchers

  • More results that inform practice

  • More efforts with practitioners that identify best practices

  • More effort to combine practitioners and researchers at conferences


Some examples of practical research serving the profession

Some Examples of Practical Research Serving the Profession

  • The Impact of Parks on Property Values: A Review of the Empirical Evidence

    Crompton: Journal of Leisure Research, 2001

  • Economic Impact Studies- Special Event and Festival Management

    Crompton: Journal of Travel Research, 2001


Practical research

Practical Research

A Review of Real-Estate Transfer Tax Legislation Enacted by 13 States and 3 Local Areas to Fund Parks and Conservation

Walker, Crompton:

Journal of Park and Recreation Administration

Fall 2005


Practical research1

Practical Research

A Study of the Role of Family - Friendly Employee Benefits Programs, Job Attitudes, and Self-Efficacy among Public Park and Recreation Employees

Mulvaney


Practical research2

Practical Research

A Community-Based Model for Assessing the Economic Impact of Sport and Recreation Services

Kanters, Carter, Pearson


Practical research3

Practical Research

I Love My Job, but ...

a Narrative Analysis of Women's Perceptions of Their Careers in Parks and Recreation

Smith, C.; Santucci, D. et al (in press)


Practical research for busy practitioners the role and relevance of research crpa november 26 2013

Practical Research

Physical Activity and Health Partnerships Among Park and Recreation Departments in North Carolina

Bruton et al


Practical research4

Practical Research

Evaluating Methods for Gathering Public Input in Master Planning Efforts for Future Development of a Recreational Reservoir

Popovicova, Gregg


Practical research for busy practitioners the role and relevance of research crpa november 26 2013

Practical Research

  • Soccer Field Dimensions as a Determinant of Quality of Play

  • Education Level as a Predictor of Support for Recreational Facilities

  • Campground Efficiencies in County Parks

  • Master Plan Implementation


Practical research for busy practitioners the role and relevance of research crpa november 26 2013

Challenges/Opportunities:

Technology –

Data Based Decision Making

Changes in Leisure Behavior

Inclusive Programming - Role of TR in Community RecreationCollaboration with Other AgenciesIdentifying Underserved Groups 


Challenges opportunities

Challenges/Opportunities

Experiential Education -Service Learning

Quantity and Quality of Internships

Economics -

Environmental Issues

Public/Private Partnerships

Leisure and Wellness -

Human Potential, Growth and Spirituality


Research in the nutmeg state in search of best practices

Research in the Nutmeg StateIn Search of Best Practices

  • Terms of use agreement for key holders

  • Mandatory technical training for coaches

  • Sample RFPs

  • Splash parks

  • Outdoor drinking fountains

  • Ordinance regarding smoking

  • Pool pass policy and fee structure

  • Cash collection protocols at satellite locations


Research in the nutmeg state

Research in the Nutmeg State

  • Use of pressure treated wood on playgrounds

  • Safety Action Plan

  • Study of family recreation/leisure from demographic perspectives

  • Blood pathogen protocol paperwork

  • Written policies on sponsorship signs on city/town owned property

  • Camp registration deadlines


Center for applied research in recreation and leisure

Center for Applied Research in Recreation and Leisure

A proposal to provide research services from a center housed at SCSU.

An opportunity for graduate students to make a meaningful contribution to the profession

Increased cooperation and networking for aspiring professionals and established agencies


Developing the center

Developing the Center

Online Service through the SCSU website

Identify your needs

Schedule a meeting

Collaborate with students and faculty

Retain a library of completed works


Please complete this basic s urvey

Please complete this basic survey

  • Ten questions to assess your status regarding research related to your job and organization.

  • Purpose – a snapshot of the present situation

  • Build for the future!


Points of discussion

Points of Discussion


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