ERIC Number: ED406178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Are We Making a Difference? Lessons Learned from VINE Program Evaluations.
Hollweg, Karen S.
The Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology, or VINE Program, gives children opportunities to discover and investigate the plants, animals, and ecological relationships that exist right in their own neighborhoods through hands-on natural science investigations. It was established by Denver Audubon Society members as an urban education project. The purpose of this document is to describe the evaluations conducted to determine the effectiveness of the VINE Program, and to relate what was learned about the evaluation process and the programs themselves. The focus is summative evaluation questions regarding the impact of the program and whether it has accomplished what it intended. Each of the central evaluation questions is presented as a major heading. Among the questions asked were "Who are we reaching?", "Are we providing participants with new and different experiences?", "How satisfied with the program are participants, their parents, teachers and volunteer leaders?", "Is the program being implemented as intended?", and "What are the outcomes for teens who serve as VINE volunteer leaders?" Following a brief introduction to each question, the following are described: (1) data collection and analysis; (2) cost; (3) what project administrators learned; (4) unexpected findings; and (5) what could have been done better. Appendices include completed evaluation studies and their findings. (PVD)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Group Activities, Hands on Science, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Volunteers
North American Association for Environmental Education, P.O. Box 400, Troy, OH 45373.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: North American Association for Environmental Education, Troy, OH.