Agriculture and natural resources Extension professionals face increasing challenges in delivering evidence-based information to clients. Illustrated design guidelines may offer one tool for presenting useful information, particularly when delivering assistance for multifunctional solutions. Using conservation buffers as the technical topic, the study reported here evaluated resource professionals' perception and use of design guidelines to communicate technical information for planning and designing buffers for multiple goals. Overall, the results provide favorable support for design guidelines. The study offers insight into what constitutes effective guidelines, and these lessons learned may be applicable to other topics in Extension programming.
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Bentrup, G., Emery, M., D’Adamo-Damery, N., & Flora, C. (2014). Distilling Research into Actionable Knowledge: An Assessment of a Conservation Buffer Guide. The Journal of Extension, 52(6), Article 18. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss6/18