June 5, 2015 – CBEEN: Evaluating the Success of your Environmental Education Programs

CKIPC staff will be attending this event in Golden BC to learn how to successfully evaluate our program.

June 5, 2015 – 9:00am – 3:30pm Mountain Time

Kicking Horse Civic Centre, Golden, BC

Presented by: Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE)

Workshop Information: Today more than ever, society needs high-quality environmental education programs that succeed in moving values and changing behaviours in the direction of sustainability and environmental conservation. Effective, relevant evaluation offers a very powerful way to improve these education programs and attain their objectives and goals. Funders and programmers alike strive for better techniques to evaluate the success of environmental education. Methods of evaluation are often poorly understood, sometimes even among those professionals who deliver environmental education programs. This workshop will outline and describe evaluation methodologies and tools relevant to environmental education. Its purpose is not to reinvent the wheel, but rather to connect environmental educators with solid, practical evaluation strategies, methods and advice. This workshop will highlight a program logic model and an evaluation scheme that uses outcome-based evaluation, using illustrative examples from existing environmental education programs.

Facilitator Information: Gareth Thomson is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE). He has over 20 years of experience in environmental education, is a certified teacher and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Global Environmental & Outdoor Education Council and from the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM), where he serves as a Director. Gareth co-authored a document entitled “Measuring the Success of Environmental Education Programs,” and workshop participants will receive a copy of this publication.

Many thanks to the Provincial Specialist Association for Environmental Education (EEPSA) and the Columbia Basin Trust for their support of this initiative.