A multipurpose evaluation, developed to measure impact of master gardener training in Pennsylvania, quantitatively measured both learning and increase in confidence, applying data from before and after the training. The authors demonstrate how the same data can be summarized in different ways to better achieve program improvement or demonstrate accountability. The evaluation compiled feedback from a 16-county area, including a majority of trainees in the state. This uniform evaluation strategy eliminated duplication of effort by county educators, provided a high quality tool for the state, and serves as a model for evaluating multi-topic programs taught by many instructors.
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Swackhamer, E., & Kiernan, N. E. (2005). A Multipurpose Evaluation Strategy for Master Gardener Training Programs. The Journal of Extension, 43(6), Article 5. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss6/5