These guides provide instructions on how to perform an
environmental education evaluation. They provide steps, hints, and examples related to EE
Evaluating EE in Schools: A Practical Guide for
Teachers. Bennett, D.B. (1984). UNESCO-UNEP. beginnerintermediate Available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/
0006/000661/066120eo.pdf One of the first guides written on EE evaluation,
this resource provides timeless advice for planning your evaluation, implementing it, and making the
most of your data. Particularly useful are Bennett's "action verbs" for developing measures of
knowledge and understanding, thinking skills, and action skills. The guide also provides easy to
understand explanations of different evaluation designs (e.g. posttest only vs. pretest and
posttest), instrument types, and research methods. Step-by-step instructions for collecting and
analyzing data help readers avoid common mistakes.
Does your project make a
difference? A guide to evaluating environmental education projects and
programs. Department of Environment and Conservation, Sydney, Australia.
(2004). beginner Available at: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/community/projecteval.htm Information in this guide is laid out in an easy to digest
manner, making it very user-friendly for evaluation newcomers. In addition to describing important
considerations in each step of evaluation, "Does your project make a difference?" uses hypothetical
case studies to help readers think through the logic of their programs, the types of questions they
might ask about their program's impact, and how those questions can be measured using indicators.
The guide also provides an "Outcomes Hierarchy Framework Template" for planning evaluations, which
some readers may find easier to complete than traditional logic models.
Evaluating Your Environmental Education Program: A Workbook for
Practitioners Ernst, J., Monroe, M. & Simmons, B. (2009). North American
Association for Environmental Education. beginnerintermediate Available at: http://www.naaee.net/publications Evaluating Your Environmental Education Program: A Workbook for Practitioners is
an interactive tool for environmental educators new to evaluation. This user-friendly workbook
provides a comprehensive six step evaluation process (i.e., focus your evaluation, develop an
evaluation plan, develop data collection tools, collect data, analyze data & interpret results,
and communicate and use evaluation results) and includes examples from a variety of environmental
education program evaluations. Readers have the opportunity to learn about key evaluation concepts,
methods as well as about how to apply these. Each step includes (1) short quizzes to allow readers
to "check for understanding," (2) exercises to assist readers in applying information to their
program , (3) tables that organize and add to the information presented (e.g., comparing the
purposes, advantages, and challenges of various data collection methods), and (4) worksheets that
practitioners can use in evaluating their own programs.
for Education Projects. NOAA Office of Education and Sustainable Development.
(2004). beginner Available at: http://wateroutreach.uwex
.edu/use/documents/NOAAEvalmanual FINAL.pdf This is a useful and
easy-to-read primer for learning the basics of evaluation. In addition to outlining the steps of
planning your evaluation, the guide provides brief explanations of the different types of
evaluations, the questions each type might help you answer, and a review of what different
evaluation tools can help you accomplish. Particularly useful are the appendices which include tips
on writing objectives, selecting a sample, and choosing appropriate evaluation tools.
Evaluating Environmental Education. Stokking et al.
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. (1996). beginnerintermediate Available at:
http://www.unece.org/env/esd/information/Publications%20IU CN/Evaluating%20environmental.pdf Evaluating Environmental Education provides an in-depth look at conducting an
evaluation. For each step of the process (e.g. formulating objectives, selecting instruments,
collecting data, etc.), the guide provides clear explanations of the choices an evaluator has as
well as important factors to consider when choosing among options. Numerous examples are used
throughout to make the concepts more concrete.