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Radhakrishna, Rama; Chaudhary, Anil Kumar; Tobin, Daniel – Journal of Extension, 2019
We present a framework to help those working in Extension connect program designs with appropriate evaluation designs to improve evaluation. The framework links four distinct Extension program domains--service, facilitation, content transformation, and transformative education--with three types of evaluation design--preexperimental,…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Design, Evaluation Methods, Research Design
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Vines, Karen A.; Jeannette, Karen; Eubanks, Emily; Lawrence, Maggie; Radhakrishna, Rama – Journal of Extension, 2016
An online survey was conducted to assess the feasibility of providing training on the use of social media for the Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program. Volunteers (n = 1,275) and coordinators (n = 111) responded. Findings indicate the existence of sufficient interest in a nationally coordinated social media training. Inclusion of social media…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Gardening, Training, Social Media
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Nayak, Roshan; Tobin, Daniel; Thomson, Joan; Radhakrishna, Rama; LaBorde, Luke – Journal of Extension, 2015
Penn State Extension conducted on-farm food safety workshops statewide to train fruit and vegetable growers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). These workshops were evaluated using pre- and post-tests to assess the impact of the training on participating growers. Results indicate overall increases in produce growers' knowledge, attitudes,…
Descriptors: Food Standards, Food, Safety, Safety Education
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Radhakrishna, Rama; Foley, Caitlin; Ingram, Patreese; Ewing, John C. – Journal of Extension, 2013
The study reported here examined the effectiveness of 4-H program as perceived by parents of program participants. Descriptive-correlational design was employed, with data collected using a mail survey. Parents perceived 4-H as an effective organization in teaching life skills to youth. Significant relationships were found between parents' skills…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Youth Programs
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Scheinberg, Joshua; Radhakrishna, Rama; Cutter, Catherine N. – Journal of Extension, 2013
A needs assessment survey was developed to assess the knowledge and attitudes of poultry vendors at farmers' markets in Pennsylvania, on food safety, regulation, and poultry production. Vendors were administered a 32-question paper survey, in person, during market hours. The results revealed critical vendor practices and identified important…
Descriptors: Retailing, Agribusiness, Food Standards, Safety Education
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Radhakrishna, Rama; Tobin, Daniel; Brennan, Mark; Thomson, Joan – Journal of Extension, 2012
This article presents a checklist as a guide for Extension professionals to use in research and evaluation studies they carry out. A total of 40 statements grouped under eight data quality components--relevance, objectivity, validity, reliability, integrity, generalizability, completeness, and utility--are identified to ensure that research…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Educational Research, Data, Educational Quality
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Tobin, Daniel; Thomson, Joan; Radhakrishna, Rama; LaBorde, Luke – Journal of Extension, 2012
Mixed-mode surveys present one opportunity for Extension to determine program outcomes at lower costs. In order to conduct a follow-up evaluation, we implemented a mixed-mode survey that relied on communication using the Web, postal mailings, and telephone calls. Using multiple modes conserved costs by reducing the number of postal mailings yet…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Surveys, Internet, Mail Surveys
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Radhakrishna, Rama; Ewing, John C. – Journal of Extension, 2011
This article examined the relationships between 4-H volunteer leader competencies and skills youth learn in 4-H. Using a descriptive-correlational research, the study reported found significant relationships between leadership competencies and skills youth learn in 4-H. Regression analysis revealed that two variables--skills and…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Daily Living Skills, Volunteers, Skill Analysis
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Fenton, Ginger; Radhakrishna, Rama; Cutter, Catherine Nettles – Journal of Extension, 2010
A study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the Handwashing University on teaching youth the benefits of proper handwashing. The Handwashing University is an interactive display with several successive stations through which participants move to learn necessary skills for proper handwashing. Upon completion of the Handwashing University,…
Descriptors: Hygiene, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Program Effectiveness
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Ingram, Patreese D.; Radhakrishna, Rama – Journal of Extension, 2002
To help build the capacity to serve culturally diverse communities, Pennsylvania extension professionals developed Diverse Issues, a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to Extension professionals across the state. Responses from 136 extension personnel indicated that the newsletter has increased the knowledge, awareness, and…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Resources, Extension Agents, Extension Education
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Lippert, Robert M.; Plank, Owen; Radhakrishna, Rama – Journal of Extension, 2000
Internet inservice training was offered to 150 county Extension agents representing six southeastern states, who used Web-based materials, an online pretest/posttest, and listserv discussions. Questionnaire responses indicated that most agents were very receptive to this method. Pretest/posttest scores show that the training resulted in a…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Inservice Education, Internet