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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


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”


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


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


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

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

  • 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


Technology –

Data Based Decision Making

Changes in Leisure Behavior

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

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!