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Teuteberg, Dan; Cummins, Melissa M. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Understanding resources available in a community is essential before any 4-H youth development professional can begin addressing local needs. Conducting a community assessment generates valuable information about the unique components and resources of a specific community. This information then provides a foundation for identifying specific…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Youth Programs, Evaluation Methods, School Districts
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Jayaratne, K. S. U. – Journal of Extension, 2016
New Extension educators experience a steep learning curve when attempting to develop effective Extension programs. Formative evaluation is helpful to new, and experienced, Extension educators in determining the changes necessary for making programs more effective. Formative evaluation is an essential part of program evaluation. However, its use…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Program Improvement, Data Collection, Needs Assessment
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Bates, James S. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Extension professionals employ many techniques and tools to obtain feedback, input, information, and data from stakeholders, research participants, and program learners. An information-gathering tool called Ketso is described in this article. This tool and its associated techniques can be used in all phases of program development, implementation,…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Feedback (Response), Research Tools
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Kim, YaeBin – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension educators have used different methods to collect information for a needs assessment, including advisory committees, survey questionnaires, focus groups, interviews with key informants, or a combination of the former. This article describes the use of key informant interviews (agency personnel working with parents and young children) that…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Child Rearing, Parent Education, Young Children
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Skelly, JoAnne; Hill, George; Singletary, Loretta – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension professionals often assess community needs to determine programs and target audiences. Data can be collected through surveys, focus group and individual interviews, meta-analysis, systematic observation, and other methods. Knowledge gaps are identified, and programs are designed to resolve the deficiencies. However, do Extension…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Data Analysis, Community Needs, Extension Education
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Barrett, Scott M.; Bolding, M. Chad; Munsell, John F. – Journal of Extension, 2012
Virginia's SHARP logger program is a Cooperative Extension program currently providing training to over 1,500 loggers, foresters, and others. We conducted a mail survey of SHARP loggers to characterize program participants, assess programming needs, and evaluate program effectiveness. Results indicate a diverse group of participants in terms of…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness