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Evaluation

As program managers and educators design place-based education intiatives, it is helpful to build evaluation into the plan. Every evaluation is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each program. The process and the results can be used to:

  • Help program staff identify which program elements are most effective so that they can then effectively decide which aspects of their programs to augment or eliminate
  • Determine how a program impacts participants
  • Write grant reports or apply for additional funding
  • Solicit funds from prospective donors
  • Create new partnerships

Starter tools and resources for conducting program evaluations

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Louisiana Voices: Students Share their Experiences of Katrina Using Kamishibai

Students in Louisiana used "Kamishibai", a Japanese storytelling tradition, to share with their classmates their personal experiences of Katrina. They drew illustrative pictures on several large pieces of cardstock. Upon completion, each student used the cards to tell their story to their classmates. The project was healing for students, and helped to unify classrooms of displaced children. Go to www.louisianavoices.org for hundreds of ideas for place-based curricula.


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