Professor Helen Lomax was a keynote speaker at the “Evaluating the Outdoor Learning Experience Conference” in Cardiff on 23rd September 2016. This was a one-day event held at Bute Park Education Centre and was open to people from outdoor learning organisations, including those involved in environmental management. Participants were encouraged to consider theories behind evaluation methods and share their experiences of putting them into practice.
Helen presented a keynote on visual methods for researching the outdoors. Helen’s presentation explored the value of creative participatory methods and drew on her research with children and families, in which participants used video, photography and drawing to explore their relationships with outdoor space. The paper considered what these methods add to understandings of children’s (and adults) relationships with outdoor space (including community gardens and pocket parks) and how these spaces can enhance wellbeing.
A link to the evaluation toolkit, which has been developed for practitioners by the Sustainable Places Research Institute and the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University can be found below