2018 Pre & Post Conference Workshops




Rethinking the Big Picture: Building Relationships into Program Design and Evaluation

Tuesday, October 9th

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by

Water Education Colorado

Need a boost for your programs? Effective design and evaluation are crucial steps toward creating robust and sustainable programs. During the first half of this workshop, we’ll share a next-generation approach to designing and evaluating programs that incorporates relationships into the more traditional logic models many of us are familiar with. Additionally, we’ll highlight a successful case study, showing how one project manager was able to improve his outcomes by employing this innovative approach to project design.

The second section of the day will be an optional community of learning where participants will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained during the workshop to one of their own projects or programs. Participants will be able to share with one another, ask questions and receive feedback. As an added bonus, all participants will receive a free subscription to Plectica. Plectica is a design software that can be used to visually map logic models in a more holistic way.

*To fully benefit from this workshop, participants are encouraged to bring an existing program/project plan or logic model that identifies their goals, metrics, audience, etc. During the workshop, we will walk through the steps to transform and enhance this program/project.

ThinkWater 2.0

In 2016, Water Education Colorado offered a workshop on Systems Thinking, also known as ThinkWater. This workshop will build upon the topics covered during that training. However, the topics covered this year will be useful for all participants, including those without prior knowledge of the Systems Thinking framework and/or attendance at a prior workshop. If you are interested in learning more about ThinkWater prior to attending, check out their website.

Who should attend?

This workshop will benefit anyone who delivers projects or programs. The lessons learned can be applied at various scales - from short-term projects to organizational program management. Additionally, these skills are useful for various sectors, including municipalities, nonprofits, watershed coalitions, consultants and businesses.

Promoting Data Literacy & Storyboards

Tuesday, October 9th

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by

Colorado Watershed Assembly

This workshop will bring together representative groups of people to share their experience and opinions on the current status of data collection, analysis and archives. We will discuss the use of graphics to illustrate and communicate data stories that are both engaging and informative. Individuals with a background in local community organization, government, academia and private business are encouraged to attend

To advance Data Literacy, The Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council (Council) is partnering with Colorado State University’s One Water Solutions Institute (OWSI) to elicit opinions and provide a network analysis of existing data collection and analysis tools currently available to characterize water quality and availability in Colorado.

A web-based platform, eRAMS (Environmental Resource Assessment and Management System), has been developed for these open-source tools enabling sharing of data and analytics to promote interdisciplinary research. The eRAMS platform can easily be used by multiple stakeholders to share data and information. CSU is developing several tools for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to manage water quality information and analytics.

The Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council (Council) has been working to develop and maintain a water quality data collection tool, the Colorado Data Sharing Network. The mission of the Council is to facilitate water quality monitoring and data sharing among all interested parties to characterize water quality in Colorado. 

Colorado State University’s One Water Solutions Institute (OWSI) was formed to connect stakeholders with the tools and resources available from several research projects. As tools are developed for research, they can be evaluated as practical tools which Colorado water managers can utilize for their data management and analysis needs. 

Sediment  - To be Announced

Tuesday, October 9th

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by

Colorado Riparian Association



Post Conference Field Session:

Thursday, October 11th

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

“The field trip this year will be a different flavor than previous years, with a trip to an unique kind of site! 

Our field session will focus on themes that are significant in riparian and river restoration, yet are often not included in practice. If you are interested in learning about the importance of the subsurface in restoration and resiliency, come along and hear from experts on the topic and local officials who have implemented projects!”

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