Insights from an evaluability assessment of the U.S. Forest Service More Kids in the woods initiative

Michaela T. Zint, Beth A. Covitt, Patrick F. Dowd

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Abstract

We conducted an evaluability assessment of the U.S. Forest Service's "More Kids in the Woods" internal grant initiative based on a review of 26 funded proposals, the creation of logic models, and a survey of project leaders. Evaluations of the initative are warranted because it has clear outcome objectives, is implemented as intended, and results suggest plausible benefits associated with providing underserved youth with outdoor experiences. Findings also point to the types of evaluations that will be useful and add to the limited literature on environmental grant programs as well as environmental educators' evaluation interests, practices and perceived competencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-271
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • evaluability assessment
  • evaluation
  • evaluation competency
  • grant program
  • outdoor education
  • preevaluation

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