Environmental Program Evaluation

EPE TIG Week: Modern Environmental Program Evaluation by Allison Van

Hi, I’m Allison Van, Chair of the Environmental Program Evaluation (EPE) Topical Interest Group (TIG) and Executive Director of Spark: a centre for social research innovation at McMaster University. The EPE TIG has spent the last year thinking and having conversations about what environmental program evaluation is and should be in the midst of our …

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EPE TIG Week: Facilitation Styles in Environmental Education with Animals by Shuli Rank

Hi everyone, my name is Shuli Rank and I’m a Research and Evaluation Associate at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). WCS runs the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo, and conducts local and global conservation and research around the world. I study the impacts of visits to …

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EPE TIG Week: Environmental Volunteer Motivations: Place & Space by Cat Scharon

Hello! I’m Cat Scharon, research assistant with Inform Evaluation & Research (Inform) and a student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Ed.D program, focusing on Out-of-School Learning. I’ve spent my career working in informal spaces including museums, zoos, and aquariums, and since joining Inform have rekindled my focus on lifelong STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and …

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EPE TIG Week: Thinking Globally: How to evaluate the effectiveness of aid to the environment on a global level by Sara El Choufi

Greetings, AEA365! Liz DiLuzio here, lead curator of the blog. Those of you long time, loyal readers may recognize today’s post by Sara El Choufi. It was originally posted to the site back in 2014. Forgive the pun, but the EPE TIG’s curation team thought that its evergreen content made it worth the repost. We …

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EPE TIG Week: Blossoming Needs and a Big Tent in Environmental Evaluation by Katie Butler

I am Katie Butler, a 20+ year evaluator of environmental programs. I worked in the EPA’s Office of Inspector General for 16 years, evaluating things like disaster response and fish contamination programs. Now, I run a small consulting company dedicated to improving environmental programs. I am writing to invite you into the environmental evaluation tent. …

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EPE TIG Week: Evaluators as Data Shepherds by Rupu Gupta and Arika Virapongse

Hi, We are Rupu Gupta, Program-Chair of AEA’s Environmental Program Evaluation Topical Interest Group, and Co-Chair of the Community Resilience Cluster within Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), and Arika Virapongse, Chair of ESIP’s Community Resilience Cluster, Director of Middle Path EcoSolutions, and Community Director of the Ronin Institute. With multiple hats on, we’re raising a …

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EPE TIG Week: What We Talk About When We Talk About Environmental Program Evaluation by Greta Landis

Hi there! My name is Greta Landis and I’m an Evaluation Specialist at the Natural Resources Institute, part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. I’m also Co-chair of the Environmental Program Evaluation TIG. At the last two Eval Reimagined virtual conferences, our TIG was thrilled to see new faces from a wide range …

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EPE TIG Week: Principles-Focused Evaluation for Agricultural Transformation by Greta Landis

Hey everyone! I’m Greta Landis, an Evaluation Specialist at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension, and a Co-Chair of the Environmental Program Evaluation TIG. Environmental evaluation faces some complex and urgent challenges as we work to assess initiatives in environmental education, conservation, restoration, and cultivation. Reconciling short project timelines …

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EPE TIG Week: Evaluation for the Environment: Transdisciplinary Teams and the Next Generation by Kristi Lekies

Hi!  I’m Kristi Lekies, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University.  Although my main area of work relates to youth and their interactions with community and natural environments, I’m also known as ‘the evaluator’ for my background in teaching evaluation, developing evaluation measures for colleagues, and serving …

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EPE TIG Week: Getting Started as an Environmental Advocate by Dawn Valentine

Hi, my name is Dawn Valentine, and I am the founder of the Variable Scoop, based in Washington DC. Our work is centered on building capacity to create better programs that end human suffering and support social change. As a person who loves the outdoors, I have always been aware of environmental initiatives; I just …

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