In order to enhance Extension evaluation efforts it is important to understand current practices. The study reported here researched the evaluation behaviors of county-based Extension professionals. Extension professionals from eight states (n = 1,173) responded to a survey regarding their evaluation data collection, analysis, and reporting methods while evaluating their "best" Extension program. The majority used post-tests at the conclusion of their educational activities and reported the actual numbers of respondents. Few respondents collected data representing behavior change. To improve, Extension professionals need to gain evaluation skills and work together to develop strong evaluations that measure change over time.
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Lamm, A. J., Israel, G. D., & Diehl, D. (2013). A National Perspective on the Current Evaluation Activities in Extension. The Journal of Extension, 51(1), Article 20. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.01.20