At Envoys we are committed to assessing and reporting student’s learning outcomes during our programs. We profoundly believe that the best avenue to creating meaningful educational experiences is by examining the data-based evidence of the students’ development.

In God we trust; all others bring data.W. Edwards Deming

In 2009 , we began working with the American Camp Association and the International Camping Fellowship to develop tools for assessing youth development learning outcomes. As a result of this work, we have compiled a set of surveys based on the ACA Youth Outcomes Battery and the ACA/ICC International Camp Outcomes Project.

We utilize both pre and post surveys to determine student’s self perception of their skill levels across several domains. These evaluation tools have undergone extensive psychometric testing, including assessment of item-to-total and inter-item correlations to ensure the reliability and validity of results. These evaluations provide a concrete tool to measure the tangible effects of our programs on students and facilitate our program improvement process.

Good is not good where better is expected. Thomas Fuller

In collaboration with students from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Envoys has built a series of structured observations which our trip leaders fill out during the program for each student. These profiles note the extent to which the student has demonstrated behaviors related to each of our targeted skill sets while on the trip.

At the end of the trip, Envoys staff review the observation sheets for each student and create a learner profile detailing their thoughts on strengths and weaknesses. This profile provides a strong qualitative instrument to be used in coordination with Learning Outcomes evaluations.

Domains We Measure

The activities grouped within the Environmental Awareness domain reveal a new natural world for students. Multiple benefits are generated by increased interaction with nature. Research shows that this contact provides unique benefits for children and young people, promotes respect for the environment, reduces stress levels, prevents unexpected mood changes, reduces the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and promotes the development of cognitive skills.

The measurable skills developed by Envoys for this domain include:

  • Respecting the environment and our place it in
  • Understanding the impact produced by humans on the environment
  • Feeling comfortable being outdoors
  • Understanding the duty of global citizens to act responsibly as consumers