In an effort to provide graduate students at a distance with field-based learning experiences and evaluation resources to statewide Extension programs, 24 Master's students participating in a distance-delivered program evaluation course served as evaluation consultants for Extension programs. State evaluation specialists unable to conduct face-to-face trainings with local Extension agents because of budget constraints should consider mentoring and allowing trained graduate students to assist with local program evaluation efforts. The graduate students benefit from an eager audience and a real-world setting in which to apply their evaluation skills, while their clientele benefit by acquiring individually tailored program-specific evaluation resources.
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McClure, M., & Fuhrman, N. E. (2011). Graduate Students Serve Extension as Evaluation Consultants. The Journal of Extension, 49(3), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss3/12