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Planning and Evaluating Youth Development Programs, Lunch 'n Learn Session

Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Witt, Texas A&M University

Noon to 2:00 p.m. February 23, 2001

Grenadier Restaurant, High Park, Toronto (West)

Providing recreation programs for youth is more than just planning an

activity. It's a process where goals are linked to the expected outcomes, and where the program is carefully structured to achieve the desired goals. While attendance data (e.g. when and where and how many) are important, there is a need to include other indicators that justify the expenditure of scarce resources. Collecting data in five areas will help make the case that programs have been conceived and developed in a reasonable manner: participation data; cost of program and cost per unit of service; program quality; program satisfaction, and; program outcomes. This Lunch 'N Learn Session will describe programs that are using this approach and offer suggestions for administrators seeking to better evaluate their programs.

Dr. Peter Witt is the Elda K. Bradberry Recreation and Youth Development Chair and Hear of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.

PRO member rate $45, Non-member $50 if register before Feb 21 ($5 more for onsite) Contact: Parks and Recreation Ontario, 1185 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, M3C 3C6, fax it to (416) 426-7371 or call (416) 426-7065 or 7142 for more information. Map will be forwarded on registration.