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Self-Evaluation Tools

Our self-evaluation tools are designed to support you in reflecting on your outdoor school program's strengths and opportunities for growth, especially related to making outdoor school more equitable, accessible, and culturally responsive. We have developed a suite of three self-evaluation tools:

  • Instructional Resource Self-Evaluation Tool (IRSET): Supports the review of instructional resources with explicit learning objectives (e.g., field studies) and without explicit learning objectives (e.g., songs, stories, mealtimes)
  • Cultural Responsiveness Self-Evaluation Tool (CRSET): Supports outdoor school programs in becoming more culturally responsive¬†
  • Special Education and Accessibility Self-Evaluation Tool (SEASET): Supports reflection on policies and practices that affect how accessible outdoor school programs are for students with exceptional needs

The self-evaluation tools are NOT designed to grade or score outdoor school programs. Rather, the goal is to support programs in moving through the program evaluation cycle of 1) evaluating current policies and practices, 2) reflecting, learning, and planning for change, and 3) implementing changes that make outdoor school more equitable, accessible, and culturally responsive. The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program does not require you to share your results, and we do not use these self-evaluation tools to make decisions about funding. We are able to offer professional development in areas of identified need. Please contact us at to request support.

You may find our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Glossary helpful as you use these tools.

These self-evaluation tools are living documents. If you would like to share your experience using one of more of the tools and/or offer suggestions for how we might improve them, we invite you to email us at 


Please don't hesitate to contact us at or 541-737-4391 if you have any questions about the Outdoor School Program!