By bringing together EE practitioners, evaluators, and funders to create 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 is working 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, we can work towards developing 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.
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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