Coastal Training Program

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides science-based information, tools and skills to regional and local decision-makers to assist them in better managing coastal resources throughout Massachusetts. The intent of the program is to bring science to bear on real-world coastal problems and help develop solutions. The CTP links with and supports other core program areas within the Waquoit Bay Reserve by serving as a conduit for research translation and a catalyst for better coastal stewardship throughout the region.

coastal training

The Coastal Training Program is a national initiative administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NOAA/NERRS). Its purpose is to provide training and technical assistance for coastal decision-makers that fosters sound science-based coastal management. The CTP model is implemented in most of the twenty-eight Research Reserves around the country. While the programs share common goals, each is distinct and has unique dimensions determined by regional and local concerns and the priority coastal issues of the biogeographical region.

In Massachusetts the CTP was launched in 2002 building upon a long history of successful coastal decision-maker workshops offered on a variety of topics by the Waquoit Bay Reserve, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program. In preparation for initiating the program, a market analysis of existing training providers and programs available in the state was conducted in order to determine gaps in training and ascertain where the CTP should focus its efforts. The market analysis also identified opportunities for collaboration with other training providers within the state. In addition, formal assessments were conducted to identify needs of various audiences. These foundational studies helped to inform the structure and priorities of the program.

Project Design & Evaluation

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As of January 28, 2016 this class is full. If you would like to be put on a wait-list please email

This two-day interactive workshop provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement projects that have measurable impacts on the intended target. Participants will learn to increase project effectiveness by applying a systems approach to designing a new project or reassessing an existing one. This approach helps build in accountability, reveal assumptions, create a targeted effort and strategic thinking, and better articulate the impacts on the issue.

Through workshop exercises, this course will also provide an opportunity to use the newly formed MA Coastal Pine Barrens Regional Conservation Partnership as a case study for vision setting and strategic planning.  However, you do not have to be involved in this effort to attend the course. Participants not involved with the Partnership will still be able to apply course concepts to their own work and utilize their own examples.

What You Will Learn:  After completing this course, participants will be able to

  • Link project design and evaluation to agency and organization missions, strategic plans, and established program niches
  • Apply a systems approach to logically connect project components from resources to outcomes
  • Create functional logic models for immediate use in their projects
  • Generate performance measures for project evaluation
  • Select the appropriate type of evaluation for a specific project

This workshop will ultimately help all participants to design more effectively, assess with greater objectivity and succeed more consistently.

Cost and Registration Details: There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Please register by February 10. Space is very limited - there are only 35 spots available!  If you register, please plan on attending both days.  **Important note: Any cancellations must be received by Friday, February 12 to avoid incurring a “no-show” fee.

No Show Policy: This workshop is being offered through generous contributions from sponsors.  Materials and food will be provided.   We would like to limit no-shows and avoid wasting resources. We understand that scheduling conflicts sometimes arise that could impact your participation.  Kindly inform us by Friday, February 12 if your plans change and you are not able to attend.  If you do not cancel by this date and do not attend the workshop, you will be charged a no-show fee ($25 /day) to offset the cost of materials and food that were provided for you.

Meet the Trainers Pam Kylstra ( is a program development specialist with the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. She assists with the instructional design of Office for Coastal Management products, develops and delivers training programs, serves as an evaluator of coastal programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR), and provides facilitation services for the coastal resource management community, including Sea Grant, NERRs, and other federal, state, and local agencies and organizations.

Ms. Kylstra holds a Master of Science in marine resource management from Oregon State University’s College of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from North Carolina State University. She also has completed certification courses in instructional design, facilitation, and mediation.

Liz Lasicki ( is a training specialist at the NOAA Office for Coastal Management. Liz delivers trainings on project design and evaluation and adapting to coastal risk. She also provides meeting facilitation services.

Ms. Lasicki graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and served for 10 years as a commissioned officer. Her assignments included interdicting drug smugglers on the high seas and performing search and rescue missions off the northwest Pacific and southeast Atlantic Coasts. As Chief of the Coast Guard Leadership and Management School, she developed curriculum and led a team of instructors, and then transitioned into the civilian sector where she was employed as an internal performance consultant for a large telecommunications company. She obtained her Master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University.

Co-Sponsored by the Waquoit Bay Reserve Coastal Training Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, MA. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Waquoit Bay Reserve Foundation and MA Coastal Pine Barrens Partnership

Course Contact: Tonna-Marie Rogers, Waquoit Bay Reserve,
or 508-457-0495 ext. 110

Price: Free Event

Date: 02/17/2016

Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions