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  • Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc.

    2014-2019 Strategic Plan Draft Mid-Term Evaluation

    Membership Engagement Report October 2016

    Images Courtesy of www.spra.sk.ca

    Submitted to: Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association

    Submitted by: Prairie Wild Consulting Co.

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    Table of Contents Acknowledgments ................................................................................................................................... 2

    Definitions and Acronyms ........................................................................................................................ 2

    Listing of Figures...................................................................................................................................... 4

    Section 1: Introduction (Overview and Objective) .................................................................................... 5

    Section 2: Our Approach (Methodology) .................................................................................................. 5

    Section 3: SPRA 2014-2019 Strategic Plan Overview ................................................................................ 7

    Section 4: Membership Engagement Results ........................................................................................... 8

    Section 5: Common Trends (Conclusion) ................................................................................................ 24

    Appendix “A”: SPRA Mid-Term Evaluation – Membership Survey .......................................................... 26

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    “We just feel it is excellent the consultation that SPRA does

    including this present one. Thank you for the opportunity to learn

    more and have input”

    -SPRA Member

    Acknowledgments We would like to take this opportunity to share how grateful our team, Prairie Wild Consulting Co., is to be able to work with the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) to undertake this Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation. We appreciate the efforts and commitment SPRA has made towards enhancing recreation across Saskatchewan. This is prominent through the programs and services provided by SPRA and the work they do to educate and promote the benefits of recreation.

    It was a pleasure to work with the core SPRA team members during this mid-term evaluation. Their wisdom and input was helpful to guide the engagement process for the Board, Staff, and overall Membership.

    We would like to share a special thank you to:

     The SPRA Membership who participated in this process;

     Board of Directors;

     Karen House, Project Lead, Consultant – Leadership and Evaluation;

     Norm Cambell, Chief Executive Officer; and,

     John Firnesz, Program Manager.

    Your contributions to the Mid-Term Evaluation process are appreciated!

    Sincerely,

    The Prairie Wild Consulting Team

    Definitions and Acronyms Definitions: Community A group of people who share a common interest.

    Delivery Network Agencies, organizations, and municipalities with a mandate to deliver or facilitate the delivery of recreation programs and services.

    Population All people of Saskatchewan.

    Provider An individual, volunteer or paid, who delivers or oversees, manages or administers a recreation program or service.

    Recreation Recreation is the experience that results from freely chosen participation in physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community wellbeing.

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    Recreation Environment

    Areas and spaces utilized for recreation.

    Recreation Infrastructure

    Built indoor and/or outdoor structures and parks utilized for recreation.

    Sector The collective grouping of individuals, agencies, organizations and municipalities who have an interest in and contribute to the delivery of recreation services.

    Wellbeing The achievement of holistic happiness through physical, mental and spiritual contentment.

    Acronyms: CEO Chief Executive Officer CIR Communication, Information and Research Division CPRA Canadian Parks and Recreation Association CRAG Community Rink Affordability Grant CRFC Canadian Recreation Facilities Council CRM Customer Relationship Management DCC District Coordinating Committee FSIN Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations IMO Intermediate Outcome LDSCR Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation LTO Long Term Outcome NSCRD Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District PCDSCR Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation PCS Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport PD Professional Development PDC Professional Development Certification PHE Physical and Health Education PR Public Relations PRA Provincial Recreation Association PVSCRD Parkland Valley Sport, Culture and Recreation District QoL Quality of Life RSD Regina Sport District RWDSCR Rivers West District for Sport, Culture and Recreation SARM Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities SCSCRD Southeast Connection Sport, Culture and Recreation District SPRA Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association SSC Saskatoon Sport Council SUMA Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association SWDCRS South West District for Culture, Recreation and Sport UMAAS Urban Municipal Administrators Association of Saskatchewan

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    Listing of Figures Figure 2.1 SPRA Mid-Term Evaluation Work Plan Milestones Figure 4.1 Number of Responses per Question Figure 4.2 Membership Rating of Long Term Outcome 1 Figure 4.3 Membership Rating of Long Term Outcome 2 Figure 4.4 Membership Rating of Long Term Outcome 3 Figure 4.5 Examples of Membership Most and Least Connected to SPRA Figure 4.6 Membership Rating of Long Term Outcome 4 Figure 4.7 SPRA Membership Categories Figure 4.8 Gender and Age of Member Respondents Figure 4.9 Self-Declaration of Aboriginal Decent

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    Section 1: Introduction (Overview and Objective) The Saskatchewan Park and Recreation Association (SPRA) has adopted a five year Strategic Plan (2014- 2019) that was developed prior to, though complements, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association goals and priorities in the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 – Pathways to Wellbeing.

    SPRA members and stakeholders were engaged in the development of the five-year Strategic Plan, and as a result, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association 2014-2019 Strategic Plan was created. The Plan is reflective of current and emerging trends that impact the recreation sector in Saskatchewan.

    The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan has been implemented over two and a half years and SPRA wants to understand how they are doing in achieving the Outcomes as outlined in the Strategic Plan.

    In order to evaluate how SPRA is doing as an organization, SPRA sought professional services of Prairie Wild Consulting to conduct a mid-term evaluation. Through the mid-term evaluation process, the main objective was to: obtain membership feedback on their interpretation of SPRA’s successes in achieving the Outcomes of the Strategic Plan1.

    Section 2: Our Approach (Methodology) The mid-term evaluation process began in May 2016 and was completed October 2016. Figure 2.1 below illustrates a summary of the work plan milestones for the process.

    Figure 2.1 SPRA Mid-Term Evaluation Work Plan Milestones Contract Awarded - Mid-End of May 2016:

     The contract was awarded and an Agreement was drafted and reviewed between SPRA and Prairie Wild Consulting Co. (PWC).

    Enter into Agreement:

     PWC and SPRA confirmed and signed the Agreement for the consultant’s role on the project.

     PWC and SPRA worked together to develop a detailed work plan for the project.

    Information Gathering and Research – Review of Existing Literature and Expectations - Throughout May 2016 and On-going During the Project:

     Gathering and reviewing of information, other relevant strategies and documents including, though not limited to 2014-2019 SPRA Strategic Plan, Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015 – Pathways to Wellbeing; Portfolio Evaluation Reports; Board Monitoring Reports; Strategic Plan Summary; and, Others.

     Initial Meeting took place with SPRA core team – May 30th, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting – June 2016:

     PWC attended the Board of Directors Meeting on June 14th, 2016 in Cypress Hills to share the work plan for the process and obtain their feedback on the Strategic Plan including an ORID analysis.

    1 Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Inc. (SPRA) Request for Proposal Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation Implementation Plan. April 2016.

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    Community Engagement (Survey) – Throughout June – August 2016

     Based on SPRA core team and Board of Directors feedback, a survey was drafted for the membership and distributed online and through phone interviews.

    Draft the SPRA Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation Report – September 2016

     A draft SPRA Strategic Plan Mid-Term Evaluation Report was completed and provided to SPRA for review.

    Presentation of Membership Engagement Results – October 2016

     On October 26th, the Board of Directors will be presented the results of

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