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CTP programs are delivered in a variety of formats ranging from seminars to participatory workshops to targeted technical assistance. Participants of CTP programs benefit from networking opportunities and information exchange across disciplines and develop new collaborative relationships around key issues.

CTP planning efforts are based upon information collected through formal and informal needs assessments to determine current priority issues and preferred information transfer methods of coastal decision-maker audiences. Results of a 2008 Needs Assessment, conducted by the CTP and Grow Smart RI and with support from 25 other training organizations, informed us of the priority issues of concern to coastal decision-makers. Click here to view the categories and top three respective topics of primary importance to decision-maker audiences.

While the needs assessment has yet to be presented in report format you may view the full survey results here : 2008 Survey Results (PDF)and a results summary (not including the top training priorities mentioned above) here:2008 Survey Results Summary (PDF). To view the results of a 2003 Needs Assessment click here: 2003 Needs Assessment.

In addition to the Needs Assessment, a Market Analysis was carried out in 2003 to identify the topics offered to coastal decision-makers by other local training organizations and the formats and educational methods that are being used to reach target audiences, along with mechanisms to build strong partnerships with these organizations to more effectively achieve training objectives.

The results and evaluation of the both the needs assessments and market analysis were used to develop a Strategic Plan (PDF link) and a Marketing Plan (PDF link) for the CTP. The Strategic Plan outlines the goals, objectives and approach for the CTP over a three-year period. The 2003 Strategic Plan may be viewed here: (Link To PDF). The Marketing Plan discusses how the CTP will be promoted and marketed throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed.

The CTP maintains an Advisory Committee whose members help evaluate CTP target audiences and priority issues, training methods and potential partners and other opportunities for collaboration, as well as review CTP documents and provide recommendations. Members represent a diversity of stakeholder groups, each of them offering unique perspectives.


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