The material below should be of help to individuals interested in planning and managing a variety of programs, conferences, workshops, and other types of meetings. It contains material I have created plus information from a wide variety of sources. If you have additional items, references, and/or links to suggest I add, please send me an electronic message.
Glossary of terms for conference and meeting planners.
Program planning facts, principles, and steps from the Iowa Cooperative Extension Service.
Program development and evaluation – information from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service
Program planning and development – a logic model from the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service
An extensive look at planning from a systems approach. Intriguing but very complicated piece: A modeling approach to program evaluation.
A chapter I wrote several years ago on program planning and evaluation.
Rosemary Caffarella’s interactive planning model with items or actions to consider when development programs.
Program planning and procedures from the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium
Program planning and management, by Carter McNamara.
A group of graduate students at Florida State University created a wonderful page on programming in adult education.
Here is a summary of the appropriate steps, processes, and decisions in designing an instructional process.
More information on instructional design.
An interesting article describing what is continuing professional education.
Ideas as writing objectives from different philosophical viewpoints, executive summaries, criterion referenced testing, goals for a first team meeting, and stages of team growth.
Here is an interesting site on goals and objectives.
Here is a piece on Critical Path Analysis, a time management tool.
Information on budgeting and finance considerations.
Conference expense categories.
Fifteen ways to save money on your next meeting or conference.
Considerations pertaining to advertizing and marketing your programs.
What you need to know about making conference brochures.
Thinking about catering?
Ideas for finding and working with presenters.
A worksheet for analyzing aspects of your target audience.
A conference planning schedule.
Types of conference activities.
Meeting room styles.
Integrating qualitative and quantitative approaches in program evaluation.
Free resources for methods in program evaluation and social research.
Tips and tools for evaluating learning.
Quick tips for making your conference outstanding.
Giving program participants more than they expected.
Working with convention and visitors bureaus, hotels, travel agencies, conference committees, etc. – tips from a professional meeting planner.
Techniques, tools, and resources for the self-directed learner.
Finally, here is a lengthy portrayal of the efforts going into a very successful conference.
Updated July 6, 2012
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