Dr. Charlotte Clark and her team at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment are leading a national effort to strengthen environmental education through evaluation. This unique collaboration is engaging new voices, including program partners and evaluation experts, to measure and highlight the impact of environmental education beyond any individual program. The work centers diversity, equity, and inclusion and practitioner engagement to ensure the results reach all sectors and stakeholders.
After a year of planning and extensive field-interviews, the project has two ambitious goals:
- Produce an online portal of evaluation resources
- Document promising practices for undertaking “collective evaluation,” meaning evaluation that assesses progress towards numerous goals by collaboratively evaluating across networks using the same measurement tools.
Key partners in this collaboration include researchers from Duke University, Clemson, and Virginia Tech; Oregon’s Outdoor School for All Initiative; the Colorado Association of EE; the Alliance for Watershed Education; NAAEE; a team bringing an emphasis on diversity equity, and inclusion including independent evaluators and researchers from Antioch University of New England; and key funders, Gray Family Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and the Pisces Foundation.