ERIC Number: EJ1226526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Program Evaluation Challenges and Obstacles Faced by New Extension Agents: Implications for Capacity Building
Diaz, John; Chaudhary, Anil Kumar; Jayaratne, K. S. U.; Warner, Laura A.
Journal of Extension, v57 n4 Article 4FEA1 Aug 2019
In this era of accountability, Extension agents are expected to evaluate their programs for accountability. New Extension agents are not exempt from this expectation. If they lack evaluation capacity, this scenario can contribute to frustration and burnout. Therefore, it is paramount to explore new Extension agents' evaluation challenges and obstacles to find ways to help them build evaluation capacity. We used a modified Delphi study approach to identify and describe the most important challenges and obstacles faced by early-career Extension agents. The study panel demonstrated consensus on 26 program evaluation challenges and seven program evaluation obstacles. The findings may inform regional collaboration for evaluation competency building and promote meaningful discussions that move support beyond the status quo.
Descriptors: Program Evaluation, Extension Agents, Accountability, Capacity Building, Barriers, Entry Workers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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