This framework helps local park and recreation agencies better measure the impact of their health and wellness programs and initiatives, by connecting agencies to a multitude of existing evaluation tools, data sources, data analysis, data collection tools and other resources.
The NRPA Community Needs Assessment Resource will guide you through the entire community needs assessment lifecycle — from deciding on clear goals to eliciting a high response rate from your community. Most importantly, it will show you how to use the survey data to strengthen your agency in both the short- and long-term.
Customer feedback surveys lead to a more effective and engaged park and recreation staff. Building feedback loops through which your customers comment on your agency’s amenities and services allows your team to identify ways to deliver more satisfying experiences.
A wealth of free, data and mapping resources are available to assist your agency in broadening its impact on the community and operate more efficiently. The Data and Mapping Resource Library offers a collection of relevant, publicly available databases and visualizations curated for park and recreation professionals and advocates.
Green Infrastructure (GI) and this Evaluation Framework are at the heart of NRPA’s Great Urban Parks campaign. The goal is to help communities across the nation implement not only new green infrastructure projects but also evaluate the impact of these GI projects in new and practical ways.
Local parks are an essential part of healthy and vibrant communities. It is important that park and recreation professionals continually evaluate their park areas to understand levels of use and overall quality. This resource presents an overview of measures commonly used in park evaluations to help you get your own park evaluation off the ground.