Grassroots stakeholder input results in relevant and timely Extension programs, but presents a challenge for performance measurement using common indicators. A balanced approach to program evaluation and reporting that is adequately valid and reliable while honoring the Extension culture of service is most likely to be successful. This article reviews recent advances in evaluation methodology of food and nutrition programs. It further describes how this evidence base informs the current set of national Extension program outcomes and indicators. Evaluation work is an essential step in documenting the public value of Extension programs.
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Mullins, J., Chapman-Novakofski, K., Franck, K., Olson, B., Serrano, E., Townsend, M. S., & Wong, S. S. (2015). Food and Nutrition Extension Programs: Next Generation Impact Evaluation. The Journal of Extension, 53(4), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss4/10