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O'Hara-Tompkins, Nancy; Beane, Johnna S.; Crum, Gwen; Cottrell, Lesley; Murphy, Emily – Journal of Extension, 2020
Through a community-focused needs assessment conducted in rural Appalachia, we gauged perceptions of facilitators and barriers related to healthful eating and physical activity for young children and identified suggestions for improvement. Thirty-seven key informant interviews and three caregiver focus group sessions were coded and analyzed for…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Rural Areas, Barriers, Health Promotion
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Narine, Lendel K.; Ali, Amanda D.; Hill, Paul A. – Journal of Extension, 2020
Cooperative Extension strives to deliver relevant programming to residents. However, problems facing communities are increasingly complex. We used a three-phase needs assessment to describe Utah residents' perceptions of issue areas for Extension programming. We gathered data from 1,043 Utah residents. Results highlighted four priority issue areas…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Program Content, State Universities
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Brown, Onikia; Morse, Wayde; Carter, Mitch – Journal of Extension, 2020
With an adult obesity rate of 35.6%, Alabama is the second most obese state in the United States. Alabama Extension and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined in the first collaboration between the CDC and land-grant institutions to prevent further incidence and reduce the prevalence of obesity. The objective of our study was…
Descriptors: Obesity, Rural Areas, Adults, Public Health
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Swinton, Jonathan J.; Killian, Tasha; Wray, Paige – Journal of Extension, 2020
When completing a needs assessment, Extension professionals should include both objective county data and stakeholder input data. Specifically, Extension professionals should identify potential areas of need, source available objective data, source data from relevant county stakeholders, and analyze similarities and differences in objective and…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Rural Areas, Extension Agents, Data Analysis
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Bayer, Rachel; Mitchell-Hawkins, Vernelle; Travis, Ashley – Journal of Extension, 2020
Conducting needs assessments serves as a valuable way for Extension educators to ensure that they are designing programs that meet community needs. We developed a needs assessment tool kit that educators across urban, suburban, and rural communities can use to answer the question "What are the youth development needs in my county?"…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Agents, Program Development, Youth Programs
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Gilmore, Troy E.; Korus, Jesse; Pennisi, Lisa; Martin, Derrel; Pekarek, Katie – Journal of Extension, 2019
We conducted a needs assessment to identify watershed science training needs for locally elected directors of Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts (NRDs). We interviewed NRD staff and surveyed NRD directors to determine training needs and identify relevant topics and preferred delivery formats. We found that training would be valuable;…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Water, Educational Needs, Administrators
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Cushing, Tamara L.; Koshollek, Alanna; Cloughesy, Mike – Journal of Extension, 2019
Following a daylong symposium featuring tax-oriented presentations, attendees participated in facilitated roundtable discussions centered on identification of educational needs and challenges associated with the symposium subject matter. Participants discussed their educational needs; challenges related to local, state, and federal tax laws; and…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Forestry, Extension Education, Taxes
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Steen, Je'Kylynn; Robertson, Mary Nelson; Seitz, Holli; Downey, Laura; Hardman, Alisha; Buys, David – Journal of Extension, 2019
The PReventing Opioid Misuse In the SouthEast (PROMISE) Initiative team conducted a needs assessment to explore Mississippians' perceptions of the emerging issue of opioid misuse and to identify ways Extension professionals can assist in opioid misuse prevention. In this article, we describe the assessment process that included a series of…
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Prevention, Extension Education
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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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White, Alison J.; Scanga, Lauren H. – Journal of Extension, 2019
Extension personnel are tasked with ensuring that 4-H volunteers have competencies identified in the Volunteer Research and Knowledge Competency (VRKC) Taxonomy, 4-H youth development's foundational volunteer skills framework. The VRKC Codebook is a qualitative analysis tool for accurately identifying VRKC-aligned needs expressed in volunteer…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Youth Programs, Extension Education, Volunteer Training
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Pennisi, Lisa; Lackey, N. Qwynne; Meendering, Kim; Brandle, James R. – Journal of Extension, 2018
To gauge community support for a proposed environmental education center and demonstration farm, we surveyed 514 local residents. Our intent was to assess community members' support for the project and relevant programming interests and to determine the roles that level of community satisfaction, perceived economic impact, and demographics played…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Agricultural Education, Demonstration Programs, Needs Assessment
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Strohbehn, Catherine H.; Enderton, Arlene; Shaw, Angela M.; Perry, Bridget; Overdiep, Jacques; Naeve, Linda – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension educators have been enlisted to assist farmers in meeting requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (PSR). Although food safety is a familiar topic for Extension educators, helping farmers learn how to prepare for PSR regulations is new. In this article, we describe a needs assessment conducted in the north…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Federal Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Food
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Dev, Dipti A.; Blitch, Kimberly A.; Hatton-Bowers, Holly; Ramsay, Samantha; Garcia, Aileen S. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Although the benefits of using video as a learning tool in Extension programs are well known, less is understood about effective methods for creating videos. We present a five-step procedure for developing educational videos that focus on evidence-based practices, and we provide practical examples from our use of the five steps in creating a video…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Film Production, Extension Education, Educational Innovation
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Olson, Eric D.; Rajagopal, Lakshman – Journal of Extension, 2018
Festivals, fairs, and events (FFEs) provide rural communities with economic and noneconomic benefits. For the project described in this article, we conducted a needs assessment of Iowa FFE managers by surveying them about the challenges they face in event management and then used the results of the assessment as the basis for training sessions…
Descriptors: Cultural Activities, Rural Areas, Needs Assessment, Extension Education
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Hatch, Carolyn J.; Burkhart-Kriesel, Cheryl; Sherin, Kenneth – Journal of Extension, 2018
Workforce development is a growing need in rural communities. This article recognizes Cooperative Extension as a critical labor market intermediary in fostering local workforce solutions. It proposes a community-based approach with Extension at the center of a process for identifying key stakeholders, facilitating collaboration, and supporting…
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Rural Extension, Extension Education, Community Education
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