Extension educators are expected to conduct program evaluation. An Internet survey was sent to county 4-H educators in Ohio to examine their evaluation attitudes and practices, as well as barriers to conducting evaluation. Respondents indicated a range of attitudes about evaluation and limited use of different designs and methods. Having enough time was the greatest perceived barrier. Educators are encouraged to use a diversity of designs and methodologies and to cover a range of topics. Capacity building efforts should include clarity of expectations; opportunities for educators with different needs, interests, and prior experiences; and addressing barriers to evaluation.
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Lekies, K. S., & Bennett, A. M. (2011). The Evaluation Attitudes and Practices of 4-H Educators. The Journal of Extension, 49(1), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss1/18