Assessing your impact: evaluating the effectiveness of community energy initiatives
Recorded Wednesday, May 26, 2010 · 1pm
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Learn how to evaluate and measure the success and effectiveness of community energy initiatives.
Communities across the United States are launching initiatives that promote more sustainable use of energy resources. Assessing the impact of its initiatives is elemental to keeping a community informed of its progress toward meeting its goals. By applying a systematic approach to evaluating its initiatives a community helps ensure accountability and transparency in the use of public funds. It can use the results to adjust planning assumptions and strategies to be more reliable and effective. And it can develop compelling stories that tell its citizens how successful they've been in their efforts, building community support.
Join Claire Cowan as she walks you through the basics of evaluating your community's sustainable energy initiative and measuring its impact. She will provide the steps necessary for a community to get started with an evaluation. You'll learn key evaluation terminology and research methodologies, and how to determine which evaluation strategy to use to accomplish specific objectives. If your community is involved in an energy initiative or is considering one, don't miss this complimentary webinar.
This webinar includes:
Reasons to evaluate community energy initiatives
Getting started with evaluation
Evaluation objectives such as accountability, effectiveness, independence, accuracy and efficiency
Key types of evaluation
Criteria for selecting an evaluation approach
Evaluation methodologies including secondary research, focus groups, surveys, interviews and site visits
Principles for ensuring research integrity and objectivity
Director of Program Design and Delivery
Claire’s expertise includes managing large-scale, complex projects that integrate technical, research and communications disciplines under accelerated timelines and demanding conditions. She has experience with a broad range of utility programs, utility contract and risk-management issues, and meeting stringent savings and cost-effectiveness goals. She serves as Treasurer of the Wisconsin chapter of the Association of Energy Services Professionals.
Master's in Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara