It is challenging to document the behavior changes that result from Extension programming. This article describes an evaluation method we call the "action items method." Unlike other approaches for measuring behavior change, this method requires program participants to define their own action plans as part of a program and then asks them about completing these goals several months after program completion. To the extent that we help participants identify specific behavioral changes that move them beyond their individual lives, we also exemplify the public value of Extension programming.
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Chazdon, S., Horntvedt, J., & Templin, E. (2016). From Knowledge to Action: Tips for Encouraging and Measuring Program-Related Behavior Change. The Journal of Extension, 54(2), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.02.09