Planning & OperationsTraining & EducationResearch & Analysis
Go beyond the open trail-park; plan to educate, entertain, & inform users
Strategic planning for park and recreation agencies varies depending upon agencies’ size, need, situation, and complexity.
The Eppley Institute is uniquely well-qualified at aligning park and facility improvement projects with community needs and desires.
Every agency must prioritize facility maintenance, as few agencies have enough funding to maintain all their parks and facilities perfectly.
Most agencies spend little time and money on understanding their most important asset, their workforce.
Focused on your vision, strategies & future with an emphasis on action
Know the total value of your community assets & maintenance funding required
Focus your services on improving community health through focused planning
Using a variety of community engagement techniques, including the PathfindersSM workshop program, the Eppley Institute helps agencies expand education about their parks, public lands, and recreation opportunities and, as a result, increase community support and stewardship.
Changes bring demand for adaptive, high functioning parks through design & operations
Long- or short-term; plan for improvement needs & funding required in your community
Understanding the true costs of operating park, recreation, and public lands agencies is difficult using government accounting methods.
Understand what your team and volunteers need to know and how well they are prepared to perform
Training delivered at your location, or online that is tailored to your needs and agency
The excels at ensuring that stakeholders are engaged and involved in any planning or research projects.
Research shows that visitors can unknowingly damage park resources, including sensitive natural and cultural resources.
Award winning, widely dispersed online e-course development for widely dispersed training
Every parks, recreation, or public lands management organization is shaped by a unique combination of community, setting, and mission attributes.
Focus the agency on improving specific outcomes and performance with a customized agency based training program
Understand how visitors make decisions in large complex parks, and what they prefer and will pay for
Take the time to know and understand who your users are, and what they need & think with a well-defined research survey
Knowing the opinions of citizens on wide-ranging issues related to park use, funding, and service barriers are critically important data for agencies.
Trends from other communities or around the nation or world can help you anticipate where your organization should go, and what to offer
Evaluation is essential. When done correctly, program evaluation enables agencies to identify and prioritize needed improvements so that they may better achieve their mission and manage resources.
Sometimes data is everywhere and you need a clear, clean analysis to understand what the data says is the best option for your agency
Sometimes you need to know what other leading agencies are doing and how you compare with thorough benchmark research comparisons