Archived: Sold out! Evaluation 101 Clinic: Constructing Evaluation Plans That Work

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* This event is sold out. * 

If you are interested in being put on the waitlist, the waitlist survey can be found here:

Please note that this clinic involves two components: a pre-recorded talk and a live clinic. Please see the components tab to watch this pre-recorded video and complete the pre-work.

Are you a park and recreation professional with little to no evaluation knowledge/expertise? Complete this pre-recorded talk AND a two-hour, hands-on, interactive clinic to learn about and practice developing a clear program logic model and evaluation plan. Using clear program descriptions and statements created in the prerequisite course, participate in hands-on exercises and use materials provided to plan evaluations for their own real-life programs. Leave this course with the confidence to plan a program evaluation that you can use to collect evidence to share with stakeholders and funders.   

During the live clinic, engage in reading and listening to new instructional content; participate in thought and application exercises; engage in small and large group discussions and share-outs; and provide and accept feedback from peers and instructors. Activities will walk participants through course topics such as defining and creating a basic logic model, selecting appropriate measurable indicators and metrics, crafting evaluation questions, and documenting the next steps for building upon and executing program evaluation plans. Each attendee will be provided access to all materials reviewed and created during the session to use as a guide or starting point for evaluating their programs after returning to work. Please note that because this is an interactive session, it will not be available on-demand after the scheduled event. 

By November 28, 2022: 

  • Watch the video Evaluation 101: Program Evaluation Foundations
  • Download the workbook and worksheet on the product component tab
  • Complete the worksheet as you review the workbook
  • Upload the worksheet to the product component tab

On November 29, 2022 2PM ET: 

  • Attend the live clinic!

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.


Pre-Work & Recording
Workbook (accompanies pre-recorded video)
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This workbook accompanies the pre-recorded video Evaluation 101: Program Evaluation Foundations. Please complete your answers on the worksheet (below).
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. This document accompanies the workbook and is a place for you to write your answers/ideas. Please upload this 48 hours before the clinic convenes on November 29!
Upload your worksheet here!
Graded as Pass/Fail
Graded as Pass/Fail Please upload your completed worksheet no later than 48 hours before the clinic convenes on November 29 at 2PM ET.
Evaluation 101: Program Evaluation Foundations
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Evaluation 101: Constructing Evaluation Plans That Work
11/29/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  120 minutes
11/29/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)  |  120 minutes
NRPA Learning Experience Survey 2022 (Evaluation 101)
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0.300 CEU credits  |  No certificate available
0.300 CEU credits  |  No certificate available