Early Attempts to Build Evaluation Capacity: Examples from National Park Service Youth Engagement Programs. Rebecca Stanfield McCown Daniel Laven Nora Mitchell National Park Service Conservation Study Institute Jennifer Jewiss University of Vermont.
Rebecca Stanfield McCown
National Park Service Conservation Study Institute
University of Vermont
(Mitchell, Morrison, Farley, and Walter 2006)
Evaluation can provide a systematic assessment of a program or policy, contribute to its improvements, prioritize resources, and demonstrate effectiveness (adapted from Weiss, 1998)
Evaluation research can help identify barriers, opportunities, and strategies for increasing the visitation and participation of new and diverse audiences in national parks
Evaluation can help inform ongoing program design
How do programs overcome barriers and challenges with regards to increasing diversity?
What are some key ingredients for successfully engaging diverse youth?
Provide a foundation in the development of an evaluation tool for diversity programs
Begin to build a theory of change model regarding diversity programs