Designing Water Education Actions for Statewide Impact:
Implementing the Statewide Water Education Action Plan
This workshop will be held at the Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference as one of three pre-conference workshops. This annual conference is co-hosted by Water Education Colorado, the Colorado Watershed Assembly and the Colorado Riparian Association. The workshop is free.
You do not need to attend the whole conference to attend this workshop. If you would like to attend just this workshop, then please register below. If you are planning to attend both this workshop and the conference, then you will need to complete a separate registration here.
Designing Water Education Actions for Statewide Impact
How do we align local water education activities to shared statewide outcomes and strategies for maximum collective impact? How can we measure our collective success at reaching regional and statewide outcomes? Water Education Colorado recently worked with leaders in water education from around the state, with input from the Water Educator Network, to develop a Statewide Water Education Action Plan (SWEAP) as called for in the Colorado Water Plan.
This year’s Water Educator Network conversation during the pre-conference workshop will help kick-off the beginning of SWEAP implementation. It will build off of Water Education Colorado’s 2018 SCW pre-conference workshop on Building Relationships into Program Design and Evaluation that was held in partnership with ThinkWater. Anyone interested in water education is welcome to attend, whether you are a member of the Water Educator Network or not.
*To fully benefit from this workshop, participants are encouraged to bring an existing program/project plan or logic model that identifies their goals, metrics, audience, etc. During the workshop, we will walk through how to align actions to statewide strategies and evaluate in the context of statewide outcomes.
In 2016 and 2018, Water Education Colorado offered workshops on Systems Thinking, also known as ThinkWater. This workshop will build upon the topics covered during those trainings. However, the topics covered this year will be useful for all participants, including those without prior knowledge of the Systems Thinking framework and/or attendance at a prior workshop. If you are interested in learning more about ThinkWater prior to attending, check out their website.
Who should attend?
This workshop will benefit anyone who delivers projects or programs related to water education. The lessons learned can be applied at various scales - from short-term projects to organizational program management. Additionally, these skills are useful for water educators from a variety of various sectors operating at a variety of scales, including municipalities, schools/school districts, nonprofits, watershed coalitions and state agencies.