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Syrko, Joseph; Kaylegian, Kerry E. – Journal of Extension, 2015
Growth in the dairy industry and the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act have renewed interest in dairy foods processing extension positions. A needs assessment survey was sent to Pennsylvania dairy processors and raw milk providers to guide priorities for a dairy foods extension program. The successful development and delivery of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Food, Food Standards, Safety
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Culp, Ken, III; Edwards, Harriett C.; Jordan, Jenny W. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The SR4-HVAG combines the efforts of states to provide quality educational programming for volunteers and Extension professionals using an advisory group system. An advisory group rather than a council was created because the group provides programmatic input rather than sets policy. The purposes of the SR4-HVAG are to: provide a mechanism for…
Descriptors: Regional Programs, Volunteer Training, Volunteers, Communities of Practice
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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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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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Burnett, Rachel E.; Vuola, Aaron J.; Megalos, Mark A.; Adams, Damian C.; Monroe, Martha C. – Journal of Extension, 2014
The educational needs assessment reported here measured North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) professionals' perceptions of global warming and identified barriers to climate change programming. Survey results from 400 NCCE professionals show 70% are cautious, concerned, or alarmed about global warming. Liberal and female Extension…
Descriptors: Cooperatives, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Climate
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Fishel, Fred – Journal of Extension, 2014
Partnering with private industry can empower Extension educators to enhance their educational outreach efforts. Since 2011, UF/IFAS has cooperated with the Florida Turfgrass Association in conducting a 1-day statewide Polycom® event for providing continuing education to licensed pesticide applicators employed primarily in the ornamental and…
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Partnerships in Education
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Bailey, Nikki; Hill, Alexandra; Arnold, Shannon – Journal of Extension, 2014
The purpose of the study reported here was to examine the educational resources used by Montana State University Extension county agents. An online survey was administered to evaluate agents' informational needs. Agents reported client questions (93.8%) and program/workshop planning and presentations (91.7%) as the main reasons for seeking…
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Extension Education, Information Seeking, Cognitive Style
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Bea, Jennifer W.; Martinez, Stephanie; Armstrong-Florian, Traci; Farrell, Vanessa; Martinez, Cathy; Whitmer, Evelyn; Hartz, Vern; Blake, Samuel; Nicolini, Ariana; Misner, Scottie – Journal of Extension, 2014
Knowledge of U.S. dietary and physical activity recommendations and corresponding behaviors were surveyed among 4th and 5th graders in five Arizona counties to determine the need for related education in SNAP-Ed eligible schools. A <70% target response rate was the criterion. Participants correctly identified recommendations for: fruit, 20%;…
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Guidelines, Grade 4, Grade 5
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Franz, Nancy K. – Journal of Extension, 2013
A hallmark of Extension includes the involvement of stakeholders in research and program needs assessment, design, implementation, evaluation, and reporting. A data party can be used to enhance this stakeholder involvement specifically in data analysis. This type of event can not only increase client participation in Extension programming and…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Stakeholders, Extension Education, Needs Assessment
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Harms, Ashley Marie Raes; Presley, DeAnn Ricks; Hettiarachchi, Ganga M.; Thien, Stephen J. – Journal of Extension, 2013
Participation in urban agriculture is growing throughout the United States; however, potential soil contaminants in urban environments present challenges. Individuals in direct contact with urban soil should be aware of urban soil quality and soil contamination issues to minimize environmental and human health risks. The study reported here…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Agriculture, Soil Science, Public Health
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Urbanowitz, Seth C.; Wilcox, Michael D., Jr. – Journal of Extension, 2013
The survey-based research reported here offers insights on community, resource, and economic development (CRED) Extension programming at the national and regional level. The results present a national picture of CRED programming, research, and potential future programming opportunities that Extension could capitalize on. The research shows that…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Extension Education, Community Resources, Administrator Attitudes
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Harder, Amy; Moore, Austen; Mazurkewicz, Melissa; Benge, Matt – Journal of Extension, 2013
Needs assessments are an important tool for informing organizational development efforts in Extension. The purpose of the study reported here was to identify problems faced by county units within UF/IFAS Extension during county program reviews. The findings were drawn from the reports created after five county units experienced program reviews in…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Educational Quality, Program Evaluation, County Programs
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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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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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