By bringing together EE practitioners, evaluators, and funders to create and use shared outcomes, environmental educators can more effectively demonstrate the role of EE in improving quality of life in Colorado.
Environmental education has struggled to tell the story of its work and how intentional EE programs, activities, curricula, etc. enhances and improves the lives of those who participate. Because of this, the field in general has struggled to secure both financial and policy-based support for its many endeavors, leaving many organizations to piece-meal a budget together to support their work. As a result, far too many communities go without access to quality EE initiatives to help improve the lives of individuals and the life of their community.
By bringing together practitioners, evaluators, and funders, we hope to create a framework to:
- Demonstrate the role of EE in improving the quality of life in Colorado
- Build capacity for evaluation within EE Organizations
- Provide a framework for evaluating ee across and among organizations
- Align the needs of funders and EE practitioners
With generous support from the Pisces Foundation, CAEE worked with Blue Lotus Consulting and Evaluation to identify KEY indicators of success in environmental education that inform five IMPACT AREAS: Conservation; Education; Health; Social Justice; and Youth Development. In doing so, developed common indicators of success towards each impact area at the state and program level that are strategically and intentionally captured through the efforts of practitioners, evaluators, researchers, and funders. This collaborative and collective effort will aim to provide the evidence that supports the impact we all know exists through environmental education efforts.
CAEE is working with Point b(e) Strategies to continue our work to build a Collective Outcomes Evaluation Toolkit. The Toolkit is available by completing our training course offered in the fall.
Telling a More Effective Story about Environmental Education
Evaluation data can help us tell the story of the impacts environmental and outdoor learning is having across the state. However, among the general public, the connection between environmental education and public health, conservation, PreK-12 education, positive youth development and social justice is poorly understood. We believe that an evidenced based framing strategy can help us tell the story of our impact and our evaluations. CAEE worked in collaboration with Environmental Education New Mexico and the Frameworks Institute to develop "How to Tell a More Effective Story about Environmental Education: A Framing Guide for Advocates, Educators, Program Leaders, and Other Communicators."
Over the next five years, we seek to build the infrastructure and tools to “wire the network” and connect practitioners, evaluators, and funders through these shared outcomes.
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