Evaluation is an important component of educational programming. An example of how evaluation is used to assess need, identify barriers, and guide program development is presented. Impact evaluations from a yearlong project to teach landowners about invasive weed identification and control indicated one of the barriers to implementing knowledge was a lack of access to invasive species control tools. Knowledge of this barrier enabled community organizers to guide the development of a community herbicide shed (CHS). Evaluations of landowners who used the CHS show that the CHS effectively changed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of all participants.
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Edgerton, A. D., & Reichenbach, M. R. (2015). Using Evaluations to Identify and Eliminate a Barrier to Invasive Weed Control. The Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 1. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss2/1