Major Extension programming, whether in community development, nutrition, youth development, small business, or other areas, strengthens organizations by enhancing the capacity of members to work together effectively. Yet evaluating these impacts is difficult and rarely done in practice. In this article, we apply ideas from the Learning Organization model to the evaluation of capacity-building programs. We identify questions that Extension educators can ask in evaluating the impact of their programming on an organization. In our view, a Learning Organization approach to evaluation holds promise in providing Extension educators with tools to demonstrate the value of their interventions with organizations.
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Gruidl, J., & Hustedde, R. (2003). Evaluation of Capacity-Building Programs: A Learning Organization Approach. The Journal of Extension, 41(5), Article 2. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss5/2