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 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 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.
Educator’s guide to the MWEE
Bay Backpackoffsite link is an online resource that supports hands-on environmental learning. By providing educators with information about curriculum guides and lesson plans related to the Chesapeake Bay, Bay Backpack helps educators find the tools they need to give their students MWEEs.
One of these tools is the Chesapeake Bay Program’s “An Educator’s Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experienceoffsite link” (MWEE Guide). The MWEE Guide is an easy-to-use manual for constructing high-quality educational experiences for all students. Our hope is that this guide is used by teachers and non-formal educators to deepen and strengthen outdoor learning for students and that this leads to young citizens who understand and respect our natural world.