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Jones, Jennifer A.; Pracht, Dale; Simonne, Eric; Renfrow, Kelsey; Hunter, Caitlin – Journal of Extension, 2018
Strategic collaboration between Extension faculty and nonprofit organizations has the potential to reduce costs, generate revenue, and improve programmatic outcomes for all involved. Through a mixed-methods pilot study, we examined how and to what extent such collaboration exists. Data sources included the National Center for Charitable…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Partnerships in Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Mixed Methods Research
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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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Clary, Christy D. – Journal of Extension, 2018
A picture is worth a thousand words! Extension professionals are often looking for the picture that best captures an event and tells its story. Look beneath the surface, though, and a picture is worth much more. Developing a 4-H press corps results in a collection of useful photos but has the added benefit of providing 4-H members with an…
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Extension Education, Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities
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Smith, Justin G.; Tissing, Reid – Journal of Extension, 2018
This article introduces a process for computational text classification that can be used in a variety of qualitative research and evaluation settings. The process leverages supervised machine learning based on an implementation of a multinomial Bayesian classifier. Applied to a community of inquiry framework, the algorithm was used to identify…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Extension Education, Classification, Computer Uses in Education
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Doll, Julie E.; Eschbach, Cheryl L.; DeDecker, James – Journal of Extension, 2018
Dialogue with stakeholders has been recognized as an effective educational strategy for addressing complex topics such as climate change. We report here on the Carbon, Energy, and Climate fishbowl discussion series developed by Michigan State University Extension to assist the state's agricultural community in understanding and adapting to the…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Stakeholders, Educational Strategies, Climate
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MacGowan, Brian J.; Singh, Ajay S.; Overstreet, Bryan; O'Donnell, Michael; Klotz, Heidi; Prokopy, Linda S. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Despite the widespread and long-standing use of demonstration sites in Extension, there is little empirical evidence to inform how best to design them. We report data from 513 producers in three regions of Indiana whom we surveyed about sources of information for farm management decisions, the usefulness of demonstrations, and preferences and…
Descriptors: Opinions, Demonstration Programs, Extension Agents, Program Design
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Comito, Jacqueline; Haub, Brandy Case; Licht, Mark – Journal of Extension, 2018
The rapid needs assessment and response technique (RNR) is a useful tool for Extension professionals seeking ways to improve workshop structure. Facilitators using RNR organize workshop participants in small groups and then rotate the groups through a series of stations where participants dialogue on questions central to the workshop topic. The…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Extension Education, Extension Agents, Workshops
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Goodwin, Jeff; White, David J.; Lauxman, Lisa A. – Journal of Extension, 2018
How does an educator ensure that an audience is receiving an intended message? Further complicating this matter, what happens if the audience members' primary language differs from that of the presenter and the use of an interpreter is not feasible? We explore these questions through a case study based on our experience as three Extension…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Case Studies, Extension Agents, Extension Education
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Forthun, Larry F.; Fogarty, Kate; Rudd, Shelby; Bartolomeo, Susan; Mighty, Peggy D. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Grandparents who take on primary responsibility for raising grandchildren face unique family challenges while helping reduce the burden on the foster care system. The GRandS (Grandfamily Resilience and Sustainability) Program was a family life education program designed with three fundamental goals: (a) increase grandparent caregivers' knowledge…
Descriptors: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregiver Training, Extension Education, Family Life Education
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Lien, Aaron M.; Ruyle, George; López-Hoffman, Laura – Journal of Extension, 2018
This article introduces Q methodology, an idea-sorting activity that can help Extension improve outreach and education on new and contentious issues. Q methodology is a helpful tool when Extension professionals are confronted with controversial or complex resource management challenges. Through the analysis of a simple card-sorting exercise,…
Descriptors: Q Methodology, Extension Education, Outreach Programs, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Franz, Nancy K. – Journal of Extension, 2018
Increased focus on data-driven decision making requires Extension professionals to excel at data analysis and interpretation. Data parties have become increasingly popular for involving stakeholders in making sense of data. As these parties become more frequently used by Extension professionals, best practices are emerging from lessons learned to…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Extension Agents, Decision Making, Data
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Gallardo, Roberto; Collins, Andy; North, Elizabeth Gregory – Journal of Extension, 2018
With the digital age in full swing, helping rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in digitally minded ways is critical. This article describes an innovative outreach process that relies on asset-based community development and the intelligent community concept. More importantly, the process relies heavily on Extension personnel…
Descriptors: Community Development, Rural Extension, Outreach Programs, Community Education
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Franz, Nancy; Archibald, Thomas – Journal of Extension, 2018
Extension educators are expected to more fully evaluate programs. In response, evaluation capacity building (ECB) is a necessary component of Extension educator professional development. One size rarely fits all; ECB more likely succeeds if it is well aligned with the educator's evaluation needs and the type of educational effort. Four approaches…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Extension Education, Program Evaluation, Professional Development
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Wiley, Shannon R.; Seibel, Megan M.; Bush, Sarah – Journal of Extension, 2018
World Café (WC) is a structured methodology that provides an opportunity for collective thinking through open dialogue. The WC concept affords the opportunity for individuals to engage in the sharing of ideas and knowledge. Participants rotate through timed discussions on different themes with different groups of individuals, providing for an…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Cooperative Learning, Program Implementation, Group Discussion
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Shanahan, Amber – Journal of Extension, 2018
Action learning is a practical and high-impact way to enhance staff development within an organization. With action learning, participants are invited to own their learning experience by weaving personal experience, individual professional needs, and developmental training into a concentrated focus. In Extension, it is vital to offer tangible…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Organizational Change, Staff Development, Learning Experience
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