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The Role Of Evaluation In Determining The Public Value Of Extension, Nancy K. Franz, Mary Arnold, Sarah Baughman Aug 2014

The Role Of Evaluation In Determining The Public Value Of Extension, Nancy K. Franz, Mary Arnold, Sarah Baughman

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension has developed a strong evaluation culture across the system for the last 15 years. Yet measures are still limited to the private value of programs, looking at problems in a linear way and at isolated efforts. Across the country, Extension evaluators and administrators need to step up to help answer the "so what?" question about complex issues and related programming through stronger evaluation that leads to articulating the public value of Extension work.


Benchmarking Professional Development Practices Across Youth-Serving Organizations: Implications For Extension, Barry A. Garst, Sarah Baughman, Nancy K. Franz Jan 2014

Benchmarking Professional Development Practices Across Youth-Serving Organizations: Implications For Extension, Barry A. Garst, Sarah Baughman, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Examining traditional and contemporary professional development practices of youth-serving organizations can inform practices across Extension, particularly in light of the barriers that have been noted for effectively developing the professional competencies of Extension educators. With professional development systems changing quickly, particularly through online education and blended learning opportunities, benchmarks need to guide new research around best practices in professional development. Although many program providers have not established benchmarks for professional development, a few cases exist. This article examines the current state of professional development practices of youth-serving organizations and offers recommendations for improving Extension professional development practices.


Extension's Evolving Alignment Of Programs Serving Families And Youth: Organizational Change And Its Implications, Marc T. Braverman, Nancy K. Franz, Roger A. Rennekamp Dec 2012

Extension's Evolving Alignment Of Programs Serving Families And Youth: Organizational Change And Its Implications, Marc T. Braverman, Nancy K. Franz, Roger A. Rennekamp

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Extension is experiencing a trend toward closer alignment of its programs serving families and youth, notably Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. Projects are more multidisciplinary and comprehensive than in the past, and, in many states, FCS and 4-HYD are also becoming more administratively integrated. Several reasons for this shift are recent developments in social science intervention theory, Extension budget reductions, and land-grant universities' longterm organizational strategies. We discuss implications for Extension faculty and the need to track and understand the restructuring process. Overall, the emphasis on collaboration and comprehensiveness provide opportunities for more effective Extension programming.


Employee Job Autonomy And Control In A Restructured Extension Organization, Mary S. Holz-Clause, Vikram Swaroop Chandra Koundinya, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Timothy O. Borich Dec 2012

Employee Job Autonomy And Control In A Restructured Extension Organization, Mary S. Holz-Clause, Vikram Swaroop Chandra Koundinya, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Timothy O. Borich

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

This descriptive cross sectional census study identified the perceptions of Extension and Outreach employees of Iowa State University in the United States about job autonomy and control after two years of a major restructuring. Employees perceived autonomy and control over expressing views and ideas about their work and spending time on the job but perceived little influence over budget allocations and shaping organizational strategies. They felt administrators and external funding sources influenced programming. They perceived contributing most to program implementation and marketing. The findings from this study have implications for operations and programming in Extension and other organizational settings.


Non-Formal Educator Use Of Evaluation Results, Sarah Baughman, Heather H. Boyd, Nancy K. Franz Aug 2012

Non-Formal Educator Use Of Evaluation Results, Sarah Baughman, Heather H. Boyd, Nancy K. Franz

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Increasing demands for accountability in educational programming have resulted in increasing calls for program evaluation in educational organizations. Many organizations include conducting program evaluations as part of the job responsibilities of program staff. Cooperative Extension is a complex organization offering non-formal educational programs through land grant universities. Many Extension services require non-formal educational program evaluations be conducted by field-based Extension educators. Evaluation research has focused primarily on the efforts of professional, external evaluators. The work of program staff with many responsibilities including program evaluation has received little attention. This study examined how field based Extension educators (i.e. program staff ...


Determining And Sharing The Public Value Of Fcs Telling The Story, Nancy K. Franz, Margaret Van Ginkel Nov 2011

Determining And Sharing The Public Value Of Fcs Telling The Story, Nancy K. Franz, Margaret Van Ginkel

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Those of us working with publically funded family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs have a dream that we are valued, our work is sustainable, we make a difference in people's lives, and we are recognized for the public value we provide. However, current political forces make this dream a challenge. This article describes a much-needed public value movement for FCS and how to determine and share our public value.


Expanding Bioenergy Opportunities From Working Forests And Rangelands, Karen Potter-Witter, Daniel Cassidy, Nancy K. Franz Dr. Jan 2011

Expanding Bioenergy Opportunities From Working Forests And Rangelands, Karen Potter-Witter, Daniel Cassidy, Nancy K. Franz Dr.

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

As fossil fuel prices rise, so does the interest in developing alternative sources of energy. Working forests and rangelands are a major source of raw material being considered for applications ranging from direct combustion to ethanol production. Across the U.S., woody biomass energy is being studied for its potential to contribute to economic development and the revitalization of forest and range dependent communities.


Evaluating For Impact: Professional Development Educational Content Delivery Through Learning Communities, Sarah Baughman, Mary Arnold, Heather H. Boyd, Nancy K. Franz, June P. Mead, Ellen Rowe, Ben Silliman Jun 2010

Evaluating For Impact: Professional Development Educational Content Delivery Through Learning Communities, Sarah Baughman, Mary Arnold, Heather H. Boyd, Nancy K. Franz, June P. Mead, Ellen Rowe, Ben Silliman

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

The National 4-H Council Learning Priorities team developed educational content for professional development to increase evaluation capacity and evaluation skills for 4-H educators. Extension specialists in Oregon, Vermont, and Virginia piloted Evaluating for Impact curriculum through learning communities. Lessons learned from the pilot project include the overall success of content in increasing individual participant evaluation skills, reflection on the comprehensive and academically rigorous nature of the curriculum, a need for an experienced evaluator to lead the circles, and an ability to customize the curriculum to the evaluation levels of participants.