The B-WET program has been an agency leader in evaluation. The National Research Council recognizedoffsite link the program for “the most rigorous evaluation design employed among the NOAA evaluation programs.” This recognition was in reference to a Chesapeake B-WET program evaluation in 2007 that showed a link between students’ participation in B-WET funded MWEEs and an increase in their environmental stewardship and literacy.
The B-WET program has developed resources to support reporting and evaluation.
B-WET NATIONAL EVALUATION SYSTEM
The B-WET national evaluation system began data collection in 2014. It helps the program monitor and adjust activities based on information about best practices, and support grantees in using those practices. Learn more about the national evaluation system and how you can participate.
The Chesapeake B-WET website has resources about past regional evaluation and capacity building work.
The California B-WET program developed guidance documents to help grantees evaluate their projects. B-WET applicants and grantees are encouraged to use these resources to develop evaluation plans for their projects.
Other useful evaluation resources:
Please see the NOAA B-WET Progress Report Guidance (DOC) for a suggested format for project progress reports.
The B-WET program uses evaluation and evidence-based practices to improve the core B-WET experience, the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). The MWEE approach is based on research literature, evaluation results, and lessons learned over a decade of program implementation. A PDF version of the MWEE definition is also available.
The B-WET program created a communication toolkit to help our grantees share their stories with other educators, leaders, and community members to elevate local awareness and demonstrate their project’s value to environmental education, as well as build support for environmental education.
The toolkit includes a variety of materials to help our grantees communicate about their project including: general B-WET background information, sample press release. sample news blast content, and sample social media posts.