Park Planning 4: Defining Your Needs

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This course identifies the difference between analyzing and synthesizing information and the purpose each serves in developing strategic action plans.
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Besides the collection phase itself, analyzing the collected data about the community is one of the most necessarily time-consuming steps in the park planning process. This course identifies the difference between analyzing and synthesizing information and the purpose each serves in developing strategic action plans. Also included are methods commonly used in park planning data determinations.

Please note: While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Certificate course of study. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple choice quiz. You are welcome to work on the portfolio assignment, but you will not be able to upload your assignment for individual feedback from our expert course instructors.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Portfolio assignment (if taking as certificate program)
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Analysis Vs. Synthesis
  • Synthesizing Findings
  • Finalizing The Needs Assessment

Be able to:

  • Explain how the information collected during public engagement, facility and service inventorying, demographic research, and other forms of data collection can be synthesized to produce a Needs Assessment and a set of sound management strategies.
  • Apply the steps needed to conduct a SWOT analysis, LOS analysis, ROS analysis, and Issues Analysis.
  • Identify the characteristics of effective strategies.

Recommended Background

The course will be most beneficial for those new to parks and public lands facility management or for those who wish to advance their career in this field. To complete the portfolio pieces successfully, it is recommended that you have access to a parks or public lands facility. While this course can be taken alone, we recommend that you take it as part of the more comprehensive Park Planning Certificate course of study.

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