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Education is a powerful tool that can help you realize your water management goals.
As you go about your work, you may find yourself in a variety of circumstances - chairing an advisory committee, working with a lone property owner, or teaching a gaggle of fifth graders on conservation day. In every case you must analyze the situation, determine the "hook" or the "teachable moment" and use your communication and teaching skills to accomplish your objectives.
To increase the likelihood of success, you need to apply a logical process to developing and implementing an initiative and you'll want to incorporate best education practices (BEPs) to whatever extent possible.
Selecting a BEP depends on your overall goals and what you want to accomplish . If you aren't sure exactly what you want to do, the BEP Decision Tree may help.
Decide on a Strategy helps you to decide exactly what type of outreach effort is appropriate to the problem you want to solve.
Once you've decided what you want to accomplish, Plan helps you reach your objective by using recognized program design and "diffusion of innovation" strategies. Topics in this section walk you through steps to:
Choose BEPs links you to BEP background information and provides a tool to help you carefully identify the best education practices that will help you accomplish your objective. Here, you choose one of three Decision Trees; each walks you through common scenarios you may confront and helps direct you to BEPs important for that situation. Or, you can jump right to Assess a Program to see how your initiative compares to BEPs.
Learn from Others directs you to materials and "case studies" most similar to your situation that have been logged into the on-line library. e-Networking provides access to common listserves of interest to water education and is a good way to ask your question to someone like yourself.