Designing Education Projects: A Comprehensive Approach to Needs Assessment, Project Planning and Implementation, and Evaluation

Publication and Source

Education team members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created this resource for professionals tasked with the design and implementation of education projects in a variety of settings.

Short Description

Education team members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created this resource for professionals tasked with the design and implementation of education projects in a variety of settings.  Following the project development cycle: needs assessment, design, implementation, evaluation, the authors elaborate on several key elements in the cycle.  Defining the issues/focus/scope of a project, identification of stakeholders and audiences, creation of logic models, writing project goals and planning for evaluation, figure prominently in the authors’ description.  The authors explore in depth the importance of evaluation in project design and implementation, creating a checklist to guide program coordinators.  Criteria for matching audiences with evaluation tools are presented, as are description and administration of those tools.  Evaluation techniques focus on gathering quantitative information, which may inform wise used of limited resources, designing effective, sustainable projects and enhancing the learning process.  The melding of educational and economic aspects of evaluation described in this report would be informative for coordinators, and managers of conservation education programs.  

Suggested Citation

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - U.S. Department of Commerce. (2009). Designing Education Projects: A Comprehensive Approach to Needs Assessment, Project Planning and Implementation, and Evaluation (2nd ed.).