Evaluation Resources

Practical and useful program evaluation for educational programs and processes is a common goal across the nation's cooperative Extension system. Reporting outcomes of Extension programs is necessary. Extension professionals need tools and skills to conduct this important work. Other land grant universities, outside of MSU, have program evaluation resources that are established, timely, and relevant. MSU Extension staff can benefit from these established resources and training materials.

SAMMIE (Successful Assessment Methods and Measurement In Evaluation) – Ohio State University

Whatever your level of experience evaluating programs, SAMMIE can be the web portal to help you expand your skills. It's a one-stop shop to link you to Extension resources. Through SAMMIE you can: Access resources on 22 evaluation-related topics; Read the best literature on the web related to program evaluation; Ask an expert your questions about program evaluation; Develop a personalized program evaluation plan.

CYFERNet Evaluation Resources "This website supports the CYFAR (Children, Youth and Families At Risk) initiative, funded by USDA-NIFA. This innovative evaluation website offers interactive tools and vetted resources designed to build the evaluation capacity of program providers, practitioners, and evaluators, especially those working with at-risk youth and families. The website supports four primary areas of high-quality evaluation which can be accessed from any page on the site. These areas include: LEARN, BUILD, EVALUATE, and REPORT."

Pennsylvania State University Extension Evaluation Page - site provides information on how to design and implement a useful program evaluation to improve a program, compare delivery methods, respond to stakeholders, advocate, or prepare for university job promotion. Information is based on methodological research, theory, and experience in evaluating extension programs. Tipsheets answer a number of questions that extension staff have asked about program evaluation. Tipsheet categories include: questionnaire design, collecting demographic information, selecting a sample, analyzing data, conducting needs assessment, delivery methods, and measuring awareness, knowledge, attitudes, intentions to change, and behavior.

Launched in 2014, the eXtension Evaluation Community of Practice (Eval CoP) is a group of Extension evaluation professionals dedicated to helping other Extension professionals improve their ability to conduct meaningful, high-quality program evaluations. Eval CoP members recognize there is a high diversity of program purposes, audiences, content, delivery, and expected outcomes among Extension programs, making it challenging for educational professionals to identify, locate, and/or produce appropriate tools to evaluate programs on a specific topic and/ or for their specific audience. The profession and field of evaluation has grown tremendously over the past decade, and Extension research and education professionals often have a steep learning curve to develop skills and recognize appropriate resources to conduct high-quality evaluations. Feature articles and Ask an Expert features are available with the Eval CoP. Extension professionals wishing to gain professional development in Extension program evaluation or who wish to engage with colleagues across the nation on this topic are encouraged to become CoP members. 

Want more indepth trainings and professional outlets for evaluation? Program evaluation is a field of interdisciplinary study. American Evaluation Association - is the professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. There is a topical interest group specifically for Extension Education Evaluation.

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