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Tuck, Brigid A.; Chazdon, Scott A.; Rasmussen, Catherine M.; Bohn, Hannah J. – Journal of Extension, 2020
Extension-led leadership programs provide economic benefits. Historically, evaluators have struggled to quantify these benefits as compared to costs. Further, leadership programs have both public and private value, which are difficult to quantify. To address gaps in understanding the value of leadership development programs, we quantified the…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Leadership Training, Educational Benefits, Economic Impact
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Michaels, Cari – Journal of Extension, 2020
Extension professionals need easy access to published research and the means to translate it in meaningful ways. They also aim to engage community partners in applying research findings. The "Children's Mental Health eReview" serves as an example of a process for engaged writing with community partners as well as a product that…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Children, Mental Health, Evidence Based Practice
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Beery, Thomas; Schmitt, Kristen; McDonnell, Julie; Moore, Tansey – Journal of Extension, 2019
We examined how the Twin Ports Climate Conversations (TPCC), a community-based climate communication project, is influencing local climate awareness and response. A survey of TPCC participants and subsequent roundtable discussion event were used to explore program impacts, outcomes, and future directions. Results showed that the TPCC project has…
Descriptors: Climate, Ecology, Consciousness Raising, Behavior Change
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Yelland, Erin L.; Benson, Jacquelyn J.; Litzelman, Kristin; Gerstenecker, Chelsey Byers; Bartholomae, Suzanne; Stanfield, M. Hunter – Journal of Extension, 2019
As the U.S. population ages, Extension's need for associated organizational readiness increases. We conducted a needs assessment with a sample of 1,028 Extension professionals in the Extension North Central Region (NCR) to identify the current scope of aging-related community needs. Health care, chronic disease prevention and management, housing,…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Geographic Regions, Needs Assessment, Extension Agents
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Caskey, Mary; Christiansen, Bonnie; Hakes, Stephanie; Held, Patti; Hyunjun, Kim; De La Rosa Mateo, Carolina – Journal of Extension, 2019
Reporting requirements for capturing data on the delivery of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) have evolved. University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension developed the SNAP Education Evaluation and Database System (SEEDS) to capture unduplicated participant information for SNAP-Ed programming conducted by U of M Extension…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Evaluation, Databases, Data Collection
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Schroeder, Mary; Grannon, Kate; Shanafelt, Amy; Nanney, Marilyn S. – Journal of Extension, 2018
University of Minnesota (UMN) Extension has assisted schools in making policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to improve the school food environment. UMN Extension's involvement in the Project breakFAST program demonstrates how Extension can provide training and technical assistance to support school staff in making PSE changes that…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Universities, Food Service, Technical Assistance
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Norman, Jessica; Moore, Amy; Mattfeldt-Beman, Mildred; Kelly, Patrick; Barlow, Patrick – Journal of Extension, 2018
The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is a farmers' market incentive program for children aged 5-12. The purpose of the summative evaluation described in this article was to determine the impact of the PoP Club on improving family and child behavior at a Minnesota farmers' market as well as child fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption. Results from a…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Health Behavior, Child Health, Incentive Grants
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Blair, Robert B.; Fortson, Lucy; Anderson, Abigail; Strauss, Andrea – Journal of Extension, 2018
The explosive growth of citizen science has led to myriad independent projects in Minnesota and beyond. Here, we examine whether the field of citizen science would benefit from a center to coordinate efforts and help citizen science practitioners. We present results of a focus group--based needs assessment involving 52 practitioners active in…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Needs Assessment, Science Education, Networks
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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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Hurtado, Ghaffar A.; Olson, Kathleen A.; de Davila, Silvia Alvarez; Campoverde, Victoria – Journal of Extension, 2018
Parent-school engagement is a contributor to student achievement, but few relevant programs exist for immigrant Latino families. This article describes the design, pilot implementation, and evaluation of a parent-engagement Extension program, developed and implemented in Spanish. The purpose of the program is to help parents develop and/or…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Parent Participation, Curriculum Development
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Meyer, Rebecca L.; Meyer, Nathan J.; Katras, Mary Jo – Journal of Extension, 2018
Innovation in Extension is often referred to as something tangible, such as a new resource or technique or new concepts. However, these things result from a program innovation process. In this article, we elaborate a grounded theory of how this process unfolds in the context of Extension. Through analysis of data from a national survey of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Educational Innovation, Extension Agents, College Faculty
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Larkin, Daniel J.; Weber, Megan M.; Galatowitsch, Susan M.; Gupta, Angela S.; Rager, Amy – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension educators are increasingly using flipped classrooms, wherein online content delivery precedes in-person learning. We have applied this approach to two Extension programs in which citizen scientists are trained in early detection of invasive species. Our goal in using the tool of flipped classrooms is to accommodate large amounts of…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Homework, Video Technology, Program Effectiveness
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Bhattacharyya, Rani; Templin, Elizabeth; Messer, Cynthia; Chazdon, Scott – Journal of Extension, 2017
Engaging communities through research-based participatory evaluation and learning methods can be rewarding for both a community and Extension. A case study of a community tourism development program evaluation shows how participatory evaluation and learning can be mutually reinforcing activities. Many communities value the opportunity to reflect…
Descriptors: Tourism, Community Involvement, Program Evaluation, Case Studies
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Langworthy, Sara – Journal of Extension, 2017
The growth of online video provides a tremendous opportunity for Extension professionals to expand the reach of educational content. Through repurposing existing content, we at the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth, and Family Consortium created several brief educational videos that address pressing challenges for children and…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Extension Education, Social Media, Computer Uses in Education
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Koch, Paul L.; Soldat, Douglas J.; Horgan, Brian P.; Bauer, Samuel J.; Patton, Aaron J. – Journal of Extension, 2017
Increasing costs and decreasing numbers of university Extension faculty have made it difficult to provide quality turfgrass short course education. In response, faculty from nine institutions collaborated to develop the Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science. This 12-week online course provides students with unique learning experiences through a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Programs, College Science, Program Development
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