Based on your Vision, Mission Statement, Values, and needs assessment, develop a program in recreation. The first step in designing a program is developing program goals. Program goals are abstract, idealized statements of desired outcomes from the organized recreation service. They are a statement of purpose of, reason for, or intent of the program. Plan a program that you would like to implement (community, athletic, aquatics, senior, health/fitness, etc.). All information must be included in the program to receive full credit.
- What is the purpose of the program?
- Formulate Goals: Refer to desired outcome for emotional, cognitive, physical, and social.
- Program objectives: They are measurement points of goals. (See chapter 8)
- Program outline
- Program title
- Goals and objectives for the program (five each)
- Activities and events (explain in detail; time of day, season, month etc.)
- Marketing details (How will individuals know this is going on? How are you going to get the word out?)
- Pricing of the program (How does this impact budget? Is there a profit or break even?
- Budget for the program-estimated plan for keeping expenses in line with income.(See chapter 10 & 12)
- Line-item budget
- Specific amounts of money to staff, supplies, repair, and maintenance of equipment etc.
- Facilities needed and their setup (see chapter 10)
- How will program be monitored (see chapter 11 & 12)
- Materials and supplies required
- Safety and risk management procedures (see chapter 13)
- Staffing: the number and types of employees and volunteers needed (see chapter 11)
- Registration procedures
- Cancellation strategies
- Program evaluation plan(see chapter 14 & 15 for evaluation steps)
- Program evaluation is a judgment about the worth and value of your programming efforts.
- The results determine how to improve the quality of program services as well as whether to continue or terminate them.
- Formative Evaluation means that information about the program’s usefulness is collected as the program is implemented. (Example: end of each fitness class recommendations for changes are made.
- Summative Evaluation is conducted at the conclusion of a program. Survey is given to participants at the end of program.