ERIC Number: ED450235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
National Results of the Organizational Change Survey: Cooperative Extension's Capacity To Support Programs for Children, Youth and Families at Risk.
Betts, Sherry C.; Marczak, Mary S.; Peterson, Donna J.; Sewell, Margaret; Lipinski, John
As part of the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Evaluation Collaboration, responses from extension professionals in 42 states and territories to the 74-item Organizational Change Survey were analyzed. Overall trends in the discrepancy between the current and ideal status of extension as indicated by all state discrepancy scores in all 42 states for all 34 relevant items indicated respondents wanted to do more, not less, with CYFAR; in 20 states, all discrepancy scores were in the desired direction, and all differences between current and ideal scores were statistically significant. Survey results organized by six components of organizational change as conceptualized in CYFAR indicated that: (1) most professionals work from a personal strategic plan that addresses CYFAR programming; (2) about half the states reported that their state vision is congruent with the national one and have a commitment to CYFAR; (3) most states report strong support from supervisors and their campus; (4) in nearly all states, more than half of respondents participated in training on the use of computers and electronic communications during the previous 12 months, but few reported using electronic resources; (5) in most states, extension professionals are very knowledgeable of principles of positive development, risk and resilience factors, and programming for at-risk families; (6) extension professionals are being recognized as critical resources in education for children, youth, family, and community issues; (7) Cooperative Extension is fairly active in incorporating diversity; and (8) in all states, at least half the respondents agreed that collaboration with other agencies enhances their experience and credibility and is worth the effort. (Appendixes include information on survey quality and 37 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Community Organizations, Community Resources, Coordination, Diversity (Institutional), Elementary Secondary Education, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Family Needs, Family School Relationship, Government School Relationship, National Surveys, Organizational Change, Outreach Programs, Prevention, Program Implementation, Staff Development, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Arizona Univ., Tucson. Cooperative Extension Service.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Inst. for Children, Youth and Families.