ERIC Number: ED248130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Training for Environmental Groups.
Davies, J. Clarence; And Others
This report examines the need for and resources available to environmental and conservation groups to develop skills in raising money and recruiting new members, managing an organization, communicating with the press, and analyzing policy issues. Data were obtained from 225 questionnaires returned by representative groups (411 were mailed), an extensive literature search, interviews with executives in major environmental groups and providers of training, and a meeting of the heads of university environmental studies programs. Findings indicate that the needs for management, fund raising, membership recruitment, and policy development skills are currently unmet. For example, half the groups surveyed did not know how to meet the training needs they identified. Based on these and other findings, the establishment of a network to identify and link the needs of diverse environmental groups and the increasing number of training resources is recommended. In addition, a pilot program in policy training (funded by private sources), regular meetings of deans of environmental studies programs, and internships are also recommended. (The report provides tables with detailed breakdowns of the results by size of group and budget and discusses the major training resources and organizations.) (JN)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Policy Formation, Program Descriptions, Resource Allocation, Skill Development, Training, Training Methods, Training Needs, Training Objectives
Publications Department-JJ, The Conservation Foundation, 1717 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC.