Extension Education Evaluation

EEE Week: Scott Chazdon on Ripple Effect Mapping

I am Scott Chazdon, Evaluation and Research Specialist with the Extension Center for Community Vitality, University of Minnesota. I have gained skills in a process known as Ripple Effect Mapping (REM) to document impacts of Extension community development programs. REM sessions often spur important thinking, connections and work. REM is a participatory group method that …

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EEE Week: Mary Arnold on Program Theory: The Fuel for Logic Models

Hi! I’m Mary Arnold, a professor and 4-H youth development specialist at Oregon State University, where I spend the majority of my time in the area of program evaluation, especially in capacity building efforts. This is my second time preparing a blog post for the EEE-TIG, and the invitation came at a great time, because …

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EEE Week: Teresa McCoy on Football, Technology, and Qualitative Methods

My name is Teresa McCoy and I work as an Assistant Director of University of Maryland Extension (UME) with responsibility for evaluation and assessment. Like many Extension colleagues, my evaluation department consisted of me until last year when I was able to hire an additional person. The two of us have responsibility across all program …

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EEE Week: Cheryl Peters on Measuring Collective Impact

My name is Cheryl Peters and I am the Evaluation Specialist for Michigan State University Extension, working across all program areas. Measuring collective impact of agricultural programs in a state with diverse commodities is challenging. Many states have an abundance of natural resources like fresh water sources, minerals, and woodlands. Air, water and soil quality …

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EEE Week: Laura Downey on Community-Based Participatory Research Logic Models

Hi! This is Laura Downey with Mississippi State University Extension Service. In my job as an evaluation specialist, I commonly receive requests to help colleagues develop a program logic model. I am always thankful when I receive such a request early in the program development process. So, I was delighted a few weeks ago when …

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EEE Week: Siri Scott on Conducting Interviews with Youth

Hi, I’m Siri Scott, and I work as a Graduate Assistant with the University of Minnesota Extension. Conducting interviews with youth is one way to consider gathering information for program improvement, especially when you want to bring youth voice into your improvement process. While more time intensive than doing a survey, interviews will provide you …

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EEE Week: Kevin Andrews on Connecting Students with Extension

Howdy! I am Kevin Andrews, a program specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. In addition to my Extension duties, I co-teach a graduate evaluation course at Texas A&M University. I came across a post from March about students partnering with community agencies to apply their evaluation skills. I’d like to build upon Dr. Brun’s …

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EEE Week: Suzanne Le Menestrel on Developing Common Measures

Greetings! My name is Suzanne Le Menestrel and I am a National Program Leader for Youth Development Research at the 4-H National Headquarters, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  4-H is a national youth development organization serving 6 million youth throughout the country. We partner with the nation’s Cooperative Extension system …

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EEE Week: Melissa Cater on Extension Evaluation

My name is Melissa Cater, and I am an assistant professor and evaluation specialist at Louisiana State University AgCenter. I am also serving as Chair of the AEA Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group (EEE-TIG) this year. The EEE-TIG provides a professional development home for Extension professionals who are interested in program evaluation; we also …

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AKEN Week: Alda Norris on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Extension Evaluation in Alaska

Greetings from the Last Frontier. I’m Alda Norris, webmaster for the Alaska Evaluation Network (AKEN) and evaluation specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (CES). The faculty and staff I work with at CES are experts in a variety of fields, from horticulture, entomology and forestry to economics, nutrition and child development. …

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