Environmental Education and Behavior Change: Assessing the Efficacy of Outreach Programs

Authors

  • Dr. Anna Petrov Center for Analytical Philosophy, Moscow, Russia Author

Keywords:

Times New Roman, behavior change, program evaluation, mixed methods, co-creation, long-term evaluation, individual factors, contextual factors

Abstract

Environmental education (EE) programs aim to increase environmental awareness and promote pro-environmental behavior change. However, assessing the effectiveness of these programs in achieving behavior change remains a complex challenge. This article critically examines the current state of EE outreach program evaluation, highlighting key challenges and promising approaches. We discuss the importance of considering individual and contextual factors influencing behavior, advocating for mixed-method approaches that combine quantitative and qualitative data collection. The article emphasizes the need for long-term evaluation to capture sustained behavior change and the importance of co-creating evaluation frameworks with stakeholders to ensure program relevance and ownership. We conclude by recommending best practices for EE program evaluation and call for further research into effective behavior change strategies within the context of environmental education.

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Published

2021-06-30