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SSNHA to Hold Workshop on Outcomes-Based Program Assessment

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be holding
the workshop “Outcomes-Based Planning & Evaluation: Linking Program Assessment
with Grant Writing” on Wednesday, November 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The
workshop will be held at the Scenic City Empress Boat Club in Iowa Falls.

The process of designing a program and writing a grant can be an overwhelming
experience. This workshop will demonstrate how to cultivate an idea from the ground up
using a logic model. Participants will develop and use a model that will achieve
programmatic goals and attain outcomes-based measurements that are now required
for most granting programs.

Dr. Jean Eells, President of E Resources Group, will be the instructor. Dr. Eells received
her Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University with an emphasis in
evaluation systems and adult learning. She has professionally evaluated several
statewide programs including ISU Extension’s 4-H Connect Learning and Living; and
IDNR’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program.

“Dr. Eells’ vast knowledge and experience is a great resource for those looking to
improve organizational programs,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

Registration is due October 28 and limited to 40 participants. The registration fee is $49
per person affiliated with a designated SSNHA site and $69 per person for all other
participants. Registration forms are available online under the “Resources” section at

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage
areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage
Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on
the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs
and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and

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