|There are two options for applying for a VSP in-depth visitor study. For
parks that need funding assistance, the Project Management Information
System (PMIS) is required. The PMIS must be entered in the Servicewide
Comprehensive Call (SCC).
IMPORTANT: when preparing the PMIS submission, include "VSP" in the
project title. Also list the month you want the study done and whether
the park has a budget of less than $1.5 million and needs funding
NOTE DATE CHANGE: For parks that can fund their own visitor study in
FY2011, the VSP accepts park nomination forms in November/December
each year, although some Regions require all VSP projects to be
submitted on PMIS. The nominations need to be submitted to the VSP by
April 29, 2011.
SMALL PARKS: Another change is that the VSP can no longer offer small
park funding assistance from Recreation Fee monies.
The VSP Advisory Committee convenes annually in late winter to recommend
the top 20 nominations, plus alternates, to the NPS Associate Director
of Resource Stewardship and Science. The following criteria have been
used in the past to evaluate VSP nominations, but the Advisory Committee
is revising the rating system.
1) Need: Has the park ever had a visitor study done? Is it preparing for
a GMP or other planning project for which information on visitors is
2) Ability to fund: Demonstrated ability of the park to fund its share
of the total VSP study cost.
3) Balance in a single fiscal year: Reasonable distribution of selected
parks by region, park size, and park type.
The time frame for a park to receive the visitor study results is
approximately one year after the project is initiated.
In addition to the Visitor Survey Card and VSP in-depth visitor studies,
the PSU has capabilities of conducting other types of studies, including
mail and telephone surveys, focus groups, and other special group
If your park has information needs that can be met through a survey,
please contact us: Steve Hollenhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org, Margaret
email@example.com or Jennifer Hoger Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||VSP Nomination Letter - Requests for Visitor Services Project Studies in
|The FY2011 VSP Nomination Form is available as an 'online' version. You
will need a username and password to access this form. Please contact us to obtain your username
and password. If you know your username and password, then just click
the link below:
Online Form FY2011