ERIC Number: ED131240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Analyzing Impacts of Extension Programs.
Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Intended to assist extension administrators, program leaders, and specialists, this publication presents a framework, guidelines, strategy, and methods for evaluating Extension education programs. Emphasis is placed on maximizing the usefulness of program evaluations in decisionmaking on program priorities and modifications. Extension programs are viewed in terms of seven levels of objectives and evaluative evidence: (1) Inputs, (2) activities, (3) people involvement, (4) reactions, (5) change of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and/or aspirations (KASA), (6) practice change, and (7) end results. Levels 1 and 2 characterize Extensions; efforts; Level 3 includes the people involved by Extension and the nature of their involvement; Level 4 through 7 cover the responses by these people and others. Responses range from the immediate and direct to the long-term and indirect consequences of Extension's actions. The foregoing levels vary in the extent to which they can provide evidence of Extension's impact, and the amount or resources required for obtaining evidence. Some of the ideas in this document are yet to be verified, but are presented to guide thinking about Extension program evaluation and to lead to tested principles of evaluation. ((Author/WL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.