Research & Publications


Hands on the Land

hands-on-the-land-coverIn 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), one of the participating agencies in the Hands on the Land (HOL) program, released a new National Strategy for Education, Interpretation, and Youth Engagement, which outlines several major goals, including expanding the BLM’s HOL program. The BLM’s Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships, the HOL Working Group, and the Eppley Institute collaborated on the design, development, and production of a desk guide for HOL sites, which is intended to help BLM site coordinators expand and enhance their HOL programs and to establish HOL as the foundation for the BLM’s formal environmental and heritage education programs. The purpose of this training proposal and communication plan is to provide the BLM with recommendations for implementing the desk guide and expanding the HOL program.

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BLM_HOL_Training-Proposal-Communication-Plan_FINAL_130918.pdf ( B)

Competency Gap Analysis Study

competency-gap-analysis-studyThe National Park Service (NPS) Human Resources career field recently updated the competencies for the various levels of employees in the career. The HR Gap Analysis methodology will utilize a five-stage approach to determine gaps in these competencies. The Five stages include determination of the research methodology; development of survey instrument; collection of data; analysis of data; and reporting of findings. The results from the surveys will be used by the NPS to prioritize and design training events to meet the needs of the human resource professional in the NPS.

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NPS_HR Gap Analysis_Research Methodology_FINAL_130221.pdf ( B)


Asset Priority Index E-course Update

asset-priority-index--courseBeginning in 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Eppley Institute agreed to update the Asset Priority Index (API) e-course. As part of the update process, there was a need to revamp the API criteria and associated definitions. As the facility management industry continues to grow, it is imperative to continue updating the terminology and the standards used in the field. As a result of meeting facilitation with subject matter experts (SMEs), technical research, and a robust vetting process, the Eppley Institute was able to help finalize the API criteria and definitions. Ultimately, the Eppley Institute was able to create a user-friendly, highly interactive, and most up to date e-course to help advance facility managers’ understanding of how to use the API in the field.

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NPS API Ecourse API Criteria.pdf ( B)

Technology Toolkit: Enterprise Solutions on a Shoestring Budget

Gone are the days when you need a technology staff, servers, and expensive licenses to take advantage of powerful enterprise system functionality. Web-based applications are opening a multitude of doors to small and medium size organizations. Explore how to maximize your organizational infrastructure by identifying opportunities to reduce costs and increase efficiency using technology.

Presented at the Association of Partners for Public Lands Conference in March, 2012 by Matt Wolf.

3 C's to Improving Your Agency: Building Agency Capabilities, Competency, and Credibility

Agency credibility is directly related to people who work in the agency. Multiple perspectives make improving an agency complex. Leaders need to focus on capacity, while individuals focus on competencies. But when the two synergize? Bottom line: workforce productivity increases and agency credibility is improved. This session will allow individuals to understand how to plan for their individual development using competency guidelines and individual development planning (IDP), while agency leaders can clearly link this effort to increasing organization capacity.

Financial Fitness for Parks and Recreation Agencies

Presentation given at the 2012 Indiana Park and Recreation Association Conference. Discusses the major obstacles facing entrepreneurial managers and the three components to achieving financial fitness.

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IPRA_FinancialFitness_120120.ppt ( B) 

Implementing Best Practices in Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement

Presentation given at the 2012 Michigan Recreation and Park Association Conference. Session defined best practices and key performance indicators, and explained their purpose and implementation in an agency.

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EPLY_MPRA-Presentation_BestPractices SP-CI_120210.ppt ( B) 


Facility Manager Leaders Program. Course 5: Capstone Study in Facility Management. Leadership Toolkit. April, 2011.

Publication consists of procedures, processes, and methods to disentangle and better understand leadership situations.

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Leadership_Toolkit_Combined_110325.pdf ( B) 

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