EPE Week: Annelise Carleton-Hug on Environmental Evaluation

Hello! My name is Annelise Carleton-Hug and I am a principle partner of Trillium Associates a research, evaluation and consulting company serving clients with programs involving the intersections of environment, education and communities.

Hot Tip: As Chair of the American Evaluation Association’s Environmental Program Evaluation (EPE) topical interest group, I invite you to check out the EPE TIG!  Our TIG members are involved in evaluations of conservation biology; environmental policy & management; environmental & conservation education; energy programs; international & global environmental issues (e.g. climate change & international treaties).  As a result of this diversity, our TIG presentations each year at the annual AEA conference cover a wide variety of topics, and we often host off-site field trips to environmental project sites. EPE TIG members will be sharing tips all this week on the AEA365 blog, as well as hosting the coffee break webinar this Thursday, Earth Day.

Rad Resource: The Atlas of Global Conservation – This new book by The Nature Conservancy will be published on Earth Day, April 22, 2010 and is unlike any other atlas.  It contains more than 100 full-color maps and charts depicting information such as where animal populations are concentrated, which species are in imminent danger of extinction, where forests are disappearing more rapidly, and where nature is thriving. Behind each map lies a database, searchable kilometer by kilometer and assembled on a consistent framework so that maps can be compared against one another.  This will truly be a tool that makes global environmental information accessible to scientists, evaluators and concerned citizens.

Rad Resources: Two of my favorite resource sites for tools relevant to environmental education are:

Informalscience.org –  an online community site that strives to support knowledge-sharing, collaboration and the growth of innovation among diverse professionals in the field of informal science education. In addition to being a rich information resource, the site seeks to connect research, practice and evaluation work to a living collection of informal learning projects.  On the site you’ll find links to helpful resources for evaluation, including a variety of evaluation reports on informal science and related topics.

My Environmental Education Evaluation Assistant, “MEERA” – a site devoted to evaluation resources for environmental education programs.  The site is particularly helpful for practitioners of environmental education, thus I find it useful to share with clients to assist them in improving their evaluation capacity.

Hot Tip: Go outside.  Take a hike, ride a bike, climb a tree. Do something to connect with nature – it might help clear your head and provide new inspiration for your work and life.

This contribution is from the aea365 Daily Tips blog, by and for evaluators, from the American Evaluation Association. Please consider contributing – send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org.

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