A Web-based survey of 388 off-campus Cornell Extension educators in New York State examined their attitudes toward research, sources of research-based information, knowledge and beliefs about evidence-based programs, and involvement in research activities. Strong consensus emerged that research is central and that educators are capable of reading and applying it. The Web is their most frequent source. Time is the greatest barrier. Educators know about evidence-based programs but do not necessarily regard them as superior. Research experience is common among educators in agriculture, much less in 4-H. New methods are needed to connect educators with faculty.
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Hamilton, S. F., Chen, E. K., Pillemer, K., & Meador, R. H. (2013). Research Use by Cooperative Extension Educators in New York State. The Journal of Extension, 51(3), Article 20. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss3/20