Evaluation can not only inform changes in content and delivery, but also help Extension educators tailor future programs to specific target audiences. This article focuses on post-program evaluation of the Iowa Planning Officials Academy and describes how statistical analysis of the results yielded valuable information related to the skills and educational needs of the various groups of program participants. The experience suggests that collecting the right background information on the evaluation instrument and using statistical analysis to look for distinctions between participant subgroups can provide rich information for improving future programming efforts and targeting specific Extension clientele.
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Taylor, G. D. (2008). Better Extension Programming Through Statistics: Using Statistical Analysis of Program Evaluations to Guide Program Development. The Journal of Extension, 46(5), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss5/14