ERIC Number: ED160326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Impact of Extension in Shawano County. 2. Methodology.
Forest, Laverne B.; Marshall, Mary G.
Evaluation procedures for the systematic measurement of Extension's total impact or effectiveness in rural Shawano County, Wisconsin, involved developing comprehensive descriptions of Extension programs from 1960 to 1975 to list types of activities and offerings, topics, attendances, and overviews of efforts in program areas like agriculture, home economics, and 4-H. Trained professional interviewers contacted by telephone 238 county or community leaders and a random sample of 1192 county residents 18 years or older. Fourteen general conclusions on methodology are presented and discussed for the use of others who are considering a similar evaluation. These include: (1) the concept of "impact", the levels of evidence hierarchy, and the general benefits model help organize an evaluation; (2) different reasons for total program evaluation influence design and data sources; (3) thorough documentation of the Extension program is necessary; (4) evaluation should focus on recent (3-5 Years) efforts when trying to assess impact over time; and (5) exact replication of this entire evaluation is unnecessary; suggestions are given for the most effective areas of evaluation. (DS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Surveys, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Extension Education, Interviews, Methods, Organizational Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Extension
Program and Staff Development, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 601 Extension Building, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (no charge)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Shawano County)