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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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Worker, Steven M.; Schmitt-McQuitty, Lynn; Ambrose, Andrea; Brian, Kelley; Schoenfelder, Emily; Smith, Martin H. – Journal of Extension, 2017
The California 4-H Science Leadership Team conducted a statewide assessment to evaluate the needs of county-based 4-H programs related to the key areas of the 4-H Science Initiative: program development and design, professional development, curricula, evaluation, partnerships, and fund development. The use of multiple qualitative data sources…
Descriptors: Science Education, Youth Programs, Needs Assessment, Qualitative Research
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Roka, Fritz M.; Thissen, Carlene A.; Monaghan, Paul F.; Morera, Maria C.; Galindo-Gonzalez, Sebastian; Tovar-Aguilar, Jose Antonio – Journal of Extension, 2017
This article outlines a four-step model for developing a training program for farm labor supervisors. The model draws on key lessons learned during the development of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Farm Labor Supervisor Training program. The program is designed to educate farm supervisors on farm labor laws…
Descriptors: Models, Program Development, Training, Supervisors
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Abell, Ellen; Cummings, Rebekah; Duke, Adrienne M.; Marshall, Jennifer Wells – Journal of Extension, 2015
Extension programs based on identified needs, relevant theory, and solid research too often fail to realize their objectives. Program implementation is acknowledged to contribute to program effectiveness, yet systematic attention has not been paid to the array of implementation issues that can complicate achieving program goals. We developed the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Implementation, Identification, Fidelity
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Baker, Lauri M.; Hadley, Gregg – Journal of Extension, 2014
The qualitative study reported here assessed the needs of agents related to new agent professional development to improve the current model. Agents who participated in new agent professional development within the last 5 years were selected to participate in focus groups to determine concerns and continued needs. Agents enjoyed networking and…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Professional Development, Extension Agents, Extension Education
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Cone, Joseph – Journal of Extension, 2013
To engage recipients of Extension science-based video programming involves understanding what behaviors and decisions the recipients may be considering that can be affected by the programming. Such understanding may be developed through interviews, focus groups, and surveys, which should provide guidance for elements of the style and content of…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Audience Analysis, Audience Awareness, Affective Behavior
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Forstadt, Leslie A.; Doore, Brian – Journal of Extension, 2012
This article describes two methods for use in program development and refinement. Problem mapping and forcefield analysis are explained with a real-world example about parenting education. Both methods are visual and consider multiple causes and effects of a problem. The methods are effective for clearly thinking through a problem, identifying…
Descriptors: Program Development, Needs Assessment, Models, Program Descriptions
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Ahmed, Adeel; Morse, George W. – Journal of Extension, 2010
Public expectations are rising, and budgets are falling for many public services, including the Cooperative Extension System (CES). Economists suggest specialization of CES educators is one means of handling this dilemma. This article examines changes in the opportunities perceived by Minnesota educators of moving from a cluster-county form of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Needs Assessment, Specialization, Statewide Planning