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Gilmore, Troy E.; Korus, Jesse; Pennisi, Lisa; Martin, Derrel; Pekarek, Katie – Journal of Extension, 2019
We conducted a needs assessment to identify watershed science training needs for locally elected directors of Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts (NRDs). We interviewed NRD staff and surveyed NRD directors to determine training needs and identify relevant topics and preferred delivery formats. We found that training would be valuable;…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Water, Educational Needs, Administrators
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White, Alison J.; Scanga, Lauren H. – Journal of Extension, 2019
Extension personnel are tasked with ensuring that 4-H volunteers have competencies identified in the Volunteer Research and Knowledge Competency (VRKC) Taxonomy, 4-H youth development's foundational volunteer skills framework. The VRKC Codebook is a qualitative analysis tool for accurately identifying VRKC-aligned needs expressed in volunteer…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Youth Programs, Extension Education, Volunteer Training
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Cushing, Tamara L.; Koshollek, Alanna; Cloughesy, Mike – Journal of Extension, 2019
Following a daylong symposium featuring tax-oriented presentations, attendees participated in facilitated roundtable discussions centered on identification of educational needs and challenges associated with the symposium subject matter. Participants discussed their educational needs; challenges related to local, state, and federal tax laws; and…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Forestry, Extension Education, Taxes
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Pennisi, Lisa; Lackey, N. Qwynne; Meendering, Kim; Brandle, James R. – Journal of Extension, 2018
To gauge community support for a proposed environmental education center and demonstration farm, we surveyed 514 local residents. Our intent was to assess community members' support for the project and relevant programming interests and to determine the roles that level of community satisfaction, perceived economic impact, and demographics played…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Agricultural Education, Demonstration Programs, Needs Assessment
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Strohbehn, Catherine H.; Enderton, Arlene; Shaw, Angela M.; Perry, Bridget; Overdiep, Jacques; Naeve, Linda – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension educators have been enlisted to assist farmers in meeting requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (PSR). Although food safety is a familiar topic for Extension educators, helping farmers learn how to prepare for PSR regulations is new. In this article, we describe a needs assessment conducted in the north…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Federal Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Food
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Dev, Dipti A.; Blitch, Kimberly A.; Hatton-Bowers, Holly; Ramsay, Samantha; Garcia, Aileen S. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Although the benefits of using video as a learning tool in Extension programs are well known, less is understood about effective methods for creating videos. We present a five-step procedure for developing educational videos that focus on evidence-based practices, and we provide practical examples from our use of the five steps in creating a video…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Film Production, Extension Education, Educational Innovation
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Olson, Eric D.; Rajagopal, Lakshman – Journal of Extension, 2018
Festivals, fairs, and events (FFEs) provide rural communities with economic and noneconomic benefits. For the project described in this article, we conducted a needs assessment of Iowa FFE managers by surveying them about the challenges they face in event management and then used the results of the assessment as the basis for training sessions…
Descriptors: Cultural Activities, Rural Areas, Needs Assessment, Extension Education
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Hatch, Carolyn J.; Burkhart-Kriesel, Cheryl; Sherin, Kenneth – Journal of Extension, 2018
Workforce development is a growing need in rural communities. This article recognizes Cooperative Extension as a critical labor market intermediary in fostering local workforce solutions. It proposes a community-based approach with Extension at the center of a process for identifying key stakeholders, facilitating collaboration, and supporting…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Rural Extension, Extension Education, Community Education
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Comito, Jacqueline; Haub, Brandy Case; Licht, Mark – Journal of Extension, 2018
The rapid needs assessment and response technique (RNR) is a useful tool for Extension professionals seeking ways to improve workshop structure. Facilitators using RNR organize workshop participants in small groups and then rotate the groups through a series of stations where participants dialogue on questions central to the workshop topic. The…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Workshops
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Blair, Robert B.; Fortson, Lucy; Anderson, Abigail; Strauss, Andrea – Journal of Extension, 2018
The explosive growth of citizen science has led to myriad independent projects in Minnesota and beyond. Here, we examine whether the field of citizen science would benefit from a center to coordinate efforts and help citizen science practitioners. We present results of a focus group--based needs assessment involving 52 practitioners active in…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Needs Assessment, Science Education, Networks
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Conner, Nathan W.; Dev, Dipti; Krause, Katherine – Journal of Extension, 2018
As society becomes more information saturated, Extension must evaluate its educational programming and delivery methods used to facilitate adult learning. Extension professionals must have a comprehensive understanding of how adults learn. Accordingly, we conducted a needs assessment as a basis for providing professional development trainings…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Adult Learning
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Whitaker, Holly Jarvis – Journal of Extension, 2018
Needs assessment in Extension is typically a quantitative process whereby the highest number of votes is deemed to indicate the greatest need. However, this process does not help specialists and county agents know the best response to carry out. A different process is needed to ensure that we in Extension are executing the right responses. In…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Information Needs, Interviews
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Collins, Susan M.; Kubin, Laurel L.; Fruhauf, Christine A.; Zander, Ann; Boyer, Luann K. – Journal of Extension, 2018
This article describes how Extension professionals and university faculty collaborated on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a conference to address a key societal issue. Needs assessment and evaluation results are presented as well as an explanation of how results were used in planning future conferences. With limited Extension…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Universities, College Faculty
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Gay, Keegan D.; Owens, Courtney T.; Lamm, Alexa J.; Rumble, Joy N. – Journal of Extension, 2017
It has been argued that to remain relevant in today's society, Extension must expand its role to provide public issues education. We conducted a web-based survey to determine whether Extension agents in Florida were prepared to deal with contentious issues. Survey respondents identified issues affecting their clientele, levels of frequency with…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Knowledge Level, Needs Assessment, Local Issues
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Parrott, Kathleen R.; Lee, Sung-jin; Giddings, Valerie L.; Robinson, Sheryl Renee; Brown, Gene – Journal of Extension, 2017
We present descriptive findings from a North Carolina study of 30 limited-resource older homeowners who want to age in place, and we relate those findings to opportunities for outreach education. We grouped the findings from extensive participant interviews into five key areas. For two of those areas--health conditions and financial…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Adult Learning, Older Adults
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