ERIC Number: ED237731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Designing Studies of Extension Program Results: A Resource for Program Leaders and Specialists. Volume I--Text.
Rivera, William M.; And Others
This review of selected study designs, the first volume of a two-volume resource, is intended to advise state administrative program leaders and others with program evaluation responsibilities of how to design studies of cooperative extension programs. Three kinds of information are presented in the volume's three parts. The first part introduces the nature and purpose of studies of extension program results and places the design of studies into perspective. It reviews evaluation users, dimensions, general procedures, and standards. Alternatives to designing studies of extension program results are cited in part 2. Four basic study designs used in evaluating extension program results are examined ((1) survey (ex-post facto), (2) time-series, (3) comparison group, and (4) field experiment), and their relative suitability is linked to practical considerations based on the evaluation situation. This part also lists 10 specific facets of the study designs and illustrates how each may lead to alternative ways of constructing a design for a study. Part 3 provides a brief review of the conditions that lend themselves to alternative study designs and suggests contexts in which this resource publication should be viewed. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Agricultural Education, Community Development, Environmental Education, Evaluation Methods, Extension Education, Home Economics, Natural Resources, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Research Design, Secondary Education, Standards, Summative Evaluation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cooperative Extension Service.; Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Dept. of Agriculture and Extension Education.
Note: For Volume II, see CE 037 741.