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Local Phenology Program Planning Resources
Needs Assessment Worksheet
Before you embark on designing any type of long-term phenology monitoring program consider doing a needs assessment to decide what "need" something like a Nature's Notebook might fill. The first link above is a simple needs assessment form which can be used to determine your first steps in program development. You can also share your information with the National Coordinating Office staff by completing the web form linked from that page.
Nature's Notebook Program Planning Activity
Before you dive into writing up a Program Plan for your long-term Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring program, consider using this worksheet to help you think about short, medium, and long-term measurable outcomes. You also may wish to document some of the information you've gathered from your Needs Assessment Form if you've got stakeholders and resources now available to you. We also offer a planning worksheet in Spanish if you are working with Spanish speaking audiences.
Program Mapping Worksheet
This worksheet will help you think more specifically about the objectives and action steps you need to do to achieve your stated short, medium, or long-term outcomes for your program.
Logic Model Worksheet
After organizing your thoughts around what you hope to achieve and the resources you have available to you your next step should be a plan for developing solid measurable outcomes and a way to track your progress. If you've decided upon your needs, decided how Nature's Notebook can help you meet those needs and the resources you have available, then you can work backward to determine what specifically you need to do to get you there.
For more information on Program Planning and Evaluation visit the following helpful websites:
- University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Program Development and Evaluation
- North American Association for Environmental Education's - Guidelines for Excellence Series. Non-formal Environmental Education Programs
- North American Association for Environmental Education's - Community Engagement Guidelines
Action Planning Template
How are you going to get from point A to point B? This template helps you to document the steps you are taking (your objectives and activities) and provides a place to record what resources you need for each, who is responsible for completing activities and tasks, and documentation for when it is complete.
Needs Assessment Worksheet: USA-NPN Education Resource Number: 2017-002-C
Program Planning Guide: USA-NPN Education Resource Number: 2014-007-C (2014-007-CSP - Spanish)
Logic Model Worksheet: USA-NPN Education Resource Number: 2017-001-C