As agencies with minimal national reach and capacity grow more sophisticated in capturing public and private funding for outreach, Extension finds itself competing for national recognition of its scope and capacity. Because of the need for that recognition, it is increasingly important that states look beyond their individual systems of evaluation to cooperate in demonstrating the full extent of the Extension network for national stakeholders and funders. To do that, Extension must implement a nationwide system of evaluation, and that system should be built around the teaching of common concepts, rather than the delivery of common programs.
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Wise, D. K. (2017). Evaluating Extension Impact on a Nationwide Level: Focus on Programs or Concepts?. The Journal of Extension, 55(1), Article 21. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.01.21