ERIC Number: ED352416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluating Major Program Thrusts: A Conceptual Framework of Evaluation Considerations and a Case Study of Synthesizing Evidence from a National Reporting System.
Verma, Satish; Bennett, Claude F.
The analytical process used in building a compendium of examples of accomplishments by the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) of the Cooperative Extension System is presented and discussed. Lessons learned are cited, and recommendations for future efforts to synthesize evidence on major program thrusts are made. The NWQI is focused on protecting the quality of the nation's groundwater and surface water through encouraging voluntary actions by farmers, ranchers, householders, and the general public. It has been reported that approximately 650 full-time equivalents of professional extension resources have been allocated annually (1989 through 1990) to the initiative. Statistical information in fiscal year 1989 and 1990 reports was analyzed and synthesized to compile summary tables for all states and detailed tables for each state. In addition to this quantitative data, qualitative data from narrative portions of the reports were content-analyzed and summarized. Limitations in the reporting system and in the water quality reports were identified. The following types of indicators were selected to be tracked in the future: (1) rates of pollution; (2) rates of use of potential contributors to pollution; (3) extension-promoted practices to reduce potential contributions to pollution; and (4) extension strategy and activities to induce or accelerate adoption of such practices. One figure illustrates program components, and one table lists the planned indicators. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Cooperative Extension Service.