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1 A Day at the Beach A Spontaneous Adventure

2 What a beautiful day! Let’s go to the beach!

3 OK, Mom… You pack. I’ll drive.

4 Did you Google traffic.com, dear?

5 You can’t be out of rooms! (Maybe we should sleep on the beach)

6 The sunscreen? Oh, they’ll be OK. Just let them have fun!

7 Jellyfish? Ooh…that left a mark.

8 How about beachcombing? Honey, where was that book on shells?

9 Ah…Peanut butter and jelly…the lunch of kings. What sand? It adds texture.

10 I remembered the phone; just not the charger. We’ll find a pay phone to call our neighbors about feeding Pluto.

11 Yeah, we’ll have to plan better next time…but wasn’t it fun?

12 What did you expect? Did you plan to get that? How did the beach trip work out? How about the way the family handled its joys and troubles? What factors outside the family influenced the trip? How would you improve on the results… or the circumstances? A couple of thoughts: –It’s not that you can’t gain something even from misadventures…but do you plan or wish for results? –It’s not that we must show results from every activity… but do your high priority activities show results?

13 Is it possible that great program outcomes are not made in a day? What individual or family outcomes might come from regular trips (to the beach or elsewhere)? –Short-term: Knowledge-Attitudes-Skills-Aspirations –Long-term: Practices-Applied Learning A couple of thoughts: -Would it help to think about results in categories such as health, science, citizenship, or life skills? -If it’s just a one time event, what will make that time impactful?

14 Is it possible that great program outcomes come from somewhere & lead somewhere? What individual or family outcomes might come from regular trips (to the beach or elsewhere)? –Knowledge –Attitudes –Skills –Aspirations What capabilities or conditions might prepare individuals or families beforehand to make the most of trips? What supports or opportunities might enable individuals or families to apply trip gains afterward?

15 Is it possible that great program outcomes happen on more than one level? What economic, environmental, and social conditions are necessary or desirable for rewarding family trips? What economic, environmental, and social conditions make mass-migration to beaches beneficial for coastal communities? A couple of thoughts: –How is your program affected by (and how does it affect) the ecosystems around it? –What results might be anticipated (even intended) and what might be unexpected?

16 Let’s rethink that day …or maybe you like chaos : ) Evaluate Step-by-Step (for each family member, vendor, agency, community, nation, global ecosystems) Plan ahead: what changes do you want to make and how will you create the experiences for changes to happen? Focus: (What) are you ready to evaluate & manage? Design: What--and how--will you ask about changes? Methods: What’s the most feasible, reliable feedback? Data Collection: How can you organize observations? Analyze & Interpret: How do you make sense of data? Report: How can everyone interested find out about the benefits or problems related to the experiences?

17 …even larger perspective Target Outcomes of Programs SEEC: Socially, Economically, Environmentally, Culturally rewarding and sustainable recreation and learning opportunities promoting healthy, balanced, stimulating life Practices: Routines that are safe & healthy, eco-friendly, fiscally & socially responsible, relaxing & stimulating KASA Outcomes: Gains in Knowledge, positive Attitudes, Skills, or positive Aspirations resulting from the beach break Outputs: Diverse, accessible & affordable opportunities/ facilities used by diverse citizens Inputs: Facilities, qualified staff & family members, adequate funding

18 Connect the dots… Logic Model: Getting from investments to impact Ex: Science learning with 9 year-old Rachel InputOutputOutcomesPracticesSEEC Shell book Bucket Beach walk Sorting discussion Knowledge of shells, crabs; Excitement for science; Observation skills Aspiration to learn more Uses knowledge to learn more; Frequent & insightful exploration; Takes/makes new learning opportunities STEM-savvy workforce, citizens; Strong, innovative community

19 …from every point-of-view Parents Children Camp/Condo or beach visitors Coastal commercial or public facilities & agency coordinators (parks & rec, General and special planning boards (emergency preparedness, public health, environment protection, economic development)

20 So what’s your plan?


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