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  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 02/23/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Park and recreation agencies more readily rely on evidence-based decision making these days, but some may be unsure that they have the knowledge, capacity, funds or confidence to gather the data needed to advocate for themselves. Park and recreation professionals are encouraged to participate in this hands-on, interactive clinic to learn about and practice developing data collection plans and instruments for evaluating park and recreation programs. Participants will select real-life programs from their agencies to use as context for all exercises.

    Do you have a question you would like to answer about your programs but are unsure how to collect the data you need? Complete this two-hour, hands-on, interactive clinic to learn about collecting data for park and recreation program evaluation. Leave this course with a deeper understanding of a variety of options for data collection and best practices on how to collect data effectively. Using a program from your agency for context, you will design a data collection tool and grow the knowledge and confidence to use the tool to collect useful data for your park and recreation programs.  

    During the clinic, read and listen to topical information, participate in thought and application exercises, engage in small and large group discussions and share-outs, and join in the feedback exchange between peers and instructors. Activities will walk through course topics such as choosing the right data collection method(s) for program evaluation, designing effective surveys and/or interview/focus groups, recruiting participants, and overcoming common data collection challenges. After participating, maintain access to all materials reviewed and created during the session to use when collecting in the field. Please note that because this is an interactive session, it will not be available on-demand after the scheduled event. 

    By the end of this event, learners will have: 

    • Selected the data collection method(s) most applicable to their program. 
    • Created a draft data collection tool. 
    • Drafted a data collection plan that includes the who, what, where, when, why and how they will collect and analyze their program evaluation data. 

    Austin Barrett, PhD (he/him)

    Evaluation Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Austin Barrett (he/him) is an Evaluation Manager with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Austin joined NRPA in 2021 and works to evaluate the impact of NRPA-facilitated grants and Association-wide activities. Prior to joining NRPA, he served for 3.5 years as a Data Analyst and System Administrator working to address homelessness in the Upstate of South Carolina. In 2017, Austin completed his Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University. Before that, he worked as a Wilderness Ranger for the US Forest Service and an Interpretation Ranger with the National Park Service.

    Dianne Palladino, PhD (she/her)

    Director of Evaluation

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Dianne Palladino (she/her) is NRPA’s Director of Evaluation. Dianne oversees evaluation activities and strategy at NRPA, and she is dedicated to developing training and resources for park and recreation professionals that will assist with effective, low-cost evaluation efforts in the field. Dianne has over 17 years of research and/or evaluation experience and leadership and additional experience in several diverse fields. She holds undergraduate degrees from Clarkson University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and she earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Jennifer Ward (she/her)

    Evaluation Manager

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Jennifer Ward (she/her/hers) is an evaluation manager with NRPA. She is passionate about participatory evaluation and brings significant experience with qualitative data collection and analysis. Her background is in the disability field, focusing on inclusive community recreation. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s degree in Program Evaluation and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Human Development.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/16/2023 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Autonomy is an inevitable innovation that will soon be a part of most maintenance programs. Join this talk to explore the possibilities, challenges and solutions that come along with the push toward autonomous maintenance!

    Autonomy will be an innovation incorporated into most maintenance programs. Join this session to gain a better understanding of why properly comprehending customer problems is key to good innovation; what challenges exist with the acceptance of new product categories such as electrification and data driven maintenance; and how autonomous equipment and data driven management can fit into your maintenance activities. 

    John Hurst

    Senior Director of CTRI (Center for Technology, Research & Innovation

    Toro

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming April 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming April 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming February 2023! Learn about multigenerational playground innovation from a playground industry veteran. Join this session to discuss playground industry trends — both past and present — and how innovation in the industry is developing to include multigenerational play opportunities.

    Learn about multigenerational playground innovation from a playground industry veteran. Join this session to discuss playground industry trends — both past and present — and how innovation in the industry is developing to include multigenerational play opportunities. 

    Learning Objectives (2 – 3 learning objectives): 

    • View play equipment in a new way
    • Understand industry trends and innovation during the last 20 years
    • Identify products, opportunities and techniques to increase multigenerational play in new and existing play areas 

    Jeff Barber

    President, CPSI

    Playground Specialists Inc.

    With almost 30 years experience specifically in the playground and recreation industry, I call on design, construction, and manufacturing experience along with working constantly in tandem with NRPA to provide a fresh look at how our playgrounds are evolving.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming December 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming December 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming November 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming November 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming October 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming October 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming September 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming September 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Coming August 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming August 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

  • Contains 0 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Coming July 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. ​NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.

    Coming July 2023! This on-demand education talk will be released on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise noted. NRPA's virtual education Talks feature knowledgeable subject matter experts presenting on timely insights from research and practice. Each Talk is approximately 45 minutes to one hour long and is worth 0.1 CEU.