ERIC Number: EJ1042541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Evidence of Impact: Examination of Evaluation Studies Published in the "Journal of Extension"
Workman, Jeffrey D.; Scheer, Scott D.
Journal of Extension, v50 n2 Article 2FEA1 Apr 2012
Research was conducted to explore the level of evidence of impact collected through program evaluation (outcome studies) by Extension as published in "JOE." Articles reviewed were those listed under the headings of "Feature Articles" and "Research in Brief" in 5-year increments (1965-69, 1975-79, 1985-89, 1995-99, and 2005-09). The design used a form of quantitative content analysis. The data indicate that 88.5% of the articles documented evidence above the level of participation and that almost two-thirds were measuring outcomes; however, only 5.6% documented long-term outcomes. The findings have implications for improving Extension's public value through documented evidence of impact.
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Journal Articles, Statistical Analysis, Content Analysis, Participation, Literature Reviews, Family Programs, Consumer Science, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Youth Programs, Community Development, Economic Development
Extension Journal, Inc. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.joe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A