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Bhattacharyya, Rani; Templin, Elizabeth; Messer, Cynthia; Chazdon, Scott – Journal of Extension, 2017
Engaging communities through research-based participatory evaluation and learning methods can be rewarding for both a community and Extension. A case study of a community tourism development program evaluation shows how participatory evaluation and learning can be mutually reinforcing activities. Many communities value the opportunity to reflect…
Descriptors: Tourism, Community Involvement, Program Evaluation, Case Studies
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Chazdon, Scott; Meyer, Nathan; Mohr, Caryn; Troschinetz, Alexis – Journal of Extension, 2017
The public value poster session is a new tool for effectively demonstrating and reporting the public value of Extension programming. Akin to the research posters that have long played a critical role in the sharing of findings from academic studies, the public value poster provides a consistent format for conveying the benefits to society of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Evaluation, Educational Benefits, Capacity Building
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Chazdon, Scott; Horntvedt, Jody; Templin, Elizabeth – Journal of Extension, 2016
It is challenging to document the behavior changes that result from Extension programming. This article describes an evaluation method we call the "action items method." Unlike other approaches for measuring behavior change, this method requires program participants to define their own action plans as part of a program and then asks them…
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Extension Education, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
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Emery, Mary; Higgins, Lorie; Chazdon, Scott; Hansen, Debra – Journal of Extension, 2015
A mind mapping approach to evaluation called Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) has been developed and used by a number of Extension faculty across the country recently. This article describes three approaches to REM, as well as key differences and similarities. The authors, each from different land-grant institutions, believe REM is an effective way to…
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Program Effectiveness, Extension Education
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Radke, Barbara; Chazdon, Scott – Journal of Extension, 2015
Many public issues are becoming more complex, interconnected, and cannot be resolved by one individual or entity. Research shows an informed decision is not enough. Addressing these issues requires authentic civic engagement (deliberative dialogue) with the public to reach resourceFULLâ„¢ decisions--a decision based on diverse sources of information…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Access to Information, Outreach Programs, Extension Education
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Kollock, Debra Hansen; Flage, Lynette; Chazdon, Scott; Paine, Nathan; Higgins, Lorie – Journal of Extension, 2012
Learn more about a promising follow-up, participatory group process designed to document the results of Extension educational efforts within complex, real-life settings. The method, known as Ripple Effect Mapping, uses elements of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, and qualitative data analysis to engage program participants and other community…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Inquiry
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Bartholomay, Tom; Chazdon, Scott; Marczak, Mary S.; Walker, Kathrin C. – Journal of Extension, 2011
The University of Minnesota Extension conducted a social network analysis (SNA) to examine its outreach to organizations external to the University of Minnesota. The study found that its outreach network was both broad in its reach and strong in its connections. The study found that SNA offers a unique method for describing and measuring Extension…
Descriptors: Network Analysis, Social Networks, Outreach Programs, Extension Education