Course Connects Dots between Planning and Measurable Results

The Takeaway: “Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities” helps participants increase project effectiveness, leading to better outcomes.

Participants in the “Planning Effective Projects for Coastal Communities” course from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management credit their training with on-the-ground successes:

  • An Ohio agency staffer used his new skills to create a project design tool helping organizations boost their stormwater-mitigation effectiveness.
  • An Indiana state employee is using the logic model—a course tool to develop projects and programs—in the coastal training program because of its access to performance measures and effective evaluation techniques.
  • The California leader of an urban forest nonprofit says the logic model informs her research and makes for better project outcomes when she partners with outside organizations.

This training is part of the Digital Coast Academy, from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. A recent trainee survey showed that more than 96 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement, “I gained knowledge and skills that I will apply in my job.” (2017)

More Information: Planning Effective Projects for Coastal Communities