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Wolde, Bernabas; Lal, Pankaj; Burli, Pralhad; Iranah, Pricila; Munsell, John; Gan, Jianbang; Taylor, Eric – Journal of Extension, 2018
For various, largely unknown reasons, decision makers do not have equal interest in all Extension and outreach topics pertinent to a particular concept. This situation hampers Extension's ability to effectively deliver information and efficiently allocate limited resources. Using survey data, we identified heterogeneous preference for various…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Outreach Programs, Audience Awareness, Audience Analysis
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Conner, Nathan W.; Dev, Dipti; Krause, Katherine – Journal of Extension, 2018
As society becomes more information saturated, Extension must evaluate its educational programming and delivery methods used to facilitate adult learning. Extension professionals must have a comprehensive understanding of how adults learn. Accordingly, we conducted a needs assessment as a basis for providing professional development trainings…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Adult Learning
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Jemison, John M., Jr.; Welcomer, Stephanie; Kersbergen, Richard; Majewski, Carl – Journal of Extension, 2018
We interviewed early adopter no-till farmers in the New England region to assess why they changed tillage practices and what the perceived advantages and disadvantages of doing so were. We then generated word clouds from answers to key interview questions to convey the farmers' experiences. Most of these innovators were influenced to convert to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Agricultural Occupations, Learning Experience, Agricultural Production
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Thompson, Laura J. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Online video can be an effective way for Extension to share data stories. Short videos that convey their messages without sound can maximize impact on several social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. A pilot video was produced in this style; shared on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube; and evaluated on the basis of the social media…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction, Video Technology
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Cortus, Erin; Kasu, Bishal; Jacquet, Jeffrey; Embertson, Nichole; Schmidt, Amy Millmier; Lim, Teng Teeh; Heemstra, Jill – Journal of Extension, 2018
To understand and delineate pathways for effective information transfer among professional audiences in manure nutrient management, we deployed a survey, taken by 964 professionals, addressing workforce demographics, tasks performed, and information source relevance. Findings indicate that education of industry and the public is a widespread…
Descriptors: Information Sources, Network Analysis, Social Networks, Farm Management
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Chao, Morgan G.; Fraser, Angela M. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Title III of the Older Americans Act requires congregate nutrition sites (CNSs) to provide nutrition education. In 2015, we assessed 19 CNSs in Appalachian South Carolina for nutrition education readiness. Nutrition education readiness and general education readiness were both low. Overall, the CNSs were not ready to deliver education…
Descriptors: Nutrition Instruction, Older Adults, Federal Legislation, Intervention
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Carroll, Jan B.; Christensen, Kyle; MacPhee, David; Schmitt, Patti – Journal of Extension, 2018
The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a program that can respond to data documenting the health of the nation. Participants engage in individual civic projects that align with social determinants of health and seek to ameliorate health inequities. They also discover and/or increase their civic engagement skills to more effectively…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Family Involvement, Family Attitudes, Statistical Data
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Warner, Laura A.; Diaz, John; Chaudhary, Anil Kumar; Gusto, Cody; Ali, Amanda D. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension provides personalized educational services collectively known as individual contact teaching (ICT), yet these services often are not evaluated. This article presents results from pilot testing of an approach for evaluating ICT. Extension representatives and clientele provided data on ICT events, primarily office consultations and…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Individualized Instruction, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Downey, Laura H.; Buys, David; Fountain, Brent; Ball, Tom; Hilbun, Anne Howard; Threadgill, Paula – Journal of Extension, 2018
Stakeholders in Mississippi perceived that Extension could lead volunteer management and donations management after a natural disaster. In response, Mississippi State University Extension professionals developed a training on volunteer management and donations management to supplement the existing Incident Management System/Incident Command System…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Volunteer Training, Management Development, Fund Raising
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Lewis, Kendra M.; Ewers, Timothy; Miller, JoLynn C.; Bird, Marianne; Borba, John; Hill, Russell D.; Rea-Keywood, Jeannette; Shelstad, Nancy; Trzesniewski, Kali – Journal of Extension, 2018
Research on retention in the 4-H youth development program has consistently shown that one of the primary indicators for youths' dropping out of 4-H is being a first-year member. Extension 4-H professionals from California, Idaho, Wyoming, and New Jersey formed a team to study this issue. Our team surveyed first-year members and their…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Dropout Research
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Vettern, Rachelle; Flage, Lynette – Journal of Extension, 2018
To reach first-generation Extension families and combat barriers faced by Native American youths, North Dakota State University Extension has been involved in the national mentoring program 4-H Youth and Families with Promise (YFP). In the program's fourth year, we conducted ripple effect mapping to explore changes in the schools and communities…
Descriptors: Mentors, Youth Programs, American Indian Students, Program Evaluation
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Engle, Molly; Maddy, Deborah – Journal of Extension, 2018
Using a stratified random sample and real-time virtual focus group sessions, we evaluated the regional administrative model, addressing personnel supervision, program direction, financial management, and administrative leadership. We concluded that the regional administrative model remains a highly charged topic, there is no common understanding…
Descriptors: Models, Focus Groups, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness
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Braverman, Marc T. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension faculty participate actively in creating and disseminating research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and emerging field of implementation science. This article discusses several current trends in academic publishing of which Extension scholars need to be aware. These include the rise in the use of metrics to evaluate journals,…
Descriptors: Faculty Publishing, Educational Needs, Extension Education, Extension Agents
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Cummins, R. Glenn; Smith, David W.; Callison, Coy; Mukhtar, Saqib – Journal of Extension, 2018
The case study addressed in this article illustrates the value of continuous response measurement (CRM) for testing and refining messages produced for distribution to Extension audiences. We used CRM to evaluate the responses of Extension educators and Natural Resources Conservation Service technical service providers to a video describing…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Case Studies, Audience Response
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Homan, Dustin M.; Epley, Hannah H. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Youths not only participate in Extension services but also can be equipped as facilitators to extend information about a critical topic to new audiences. Our interdisciplinary team of Extension professionals created a program to equip youths as peer educators, increase youths' awareness and understanding of a new topic (local foods), promote…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Peer Teaching, Food
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