As internal evaluators for the 4-H program in two states, we simultaneously yet independently began to change the way we approached our evaluation practices, turning from evaluation capacity building (ECB) efforts that prepared educators to define and measure program outcomes to strategies that engage educators in defining and measuring program quality. In this article, we discuss our similar experiences, how these experiences are changing the ECB work we do, and how changing our evaluation approach ultimately will position 4-H for better evaluations in the future. This shift in evaluation focus has implications for other Extension program areas as well.
Arnold, M. E., & Cater, M. (2016). Program Theory and Quality Matter: Changing the Course of Extension Program Evaluation. Journal of Extension, 54(1), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol54/iss1/28