Needs assessment: Watershed science for water resources directors

Troy E. Gilmore, Jesse Korus, Lisa Pennisi, Derrel Martin, Katie Pekarek

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We conducted a needs assessment to identify watershed science training needs for locally elected directors of Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts (NRDs). We interviewed NRD staff and surveyed NRD directors to determine training needs and identify relevant topics and preferred delivery formats. We found that training would be valuable; however, directors are busy, meaning that opportunities for training are limited. Additionally, we learned that directors rely on printed material and other NRD personnel for watershed science information. Therefore, web-based information may be most useful if designed for collaborative learning through hybrid delivery during regular NRD activities. Our findings are relevant to current and future regulatory systems reliant on locally elected boards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 4RIB7
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Continuing education
  • Focus groups
  • Needs assessment
  • Water resources management
  • Watershed science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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