Within Extension, certain personnel, facilitators, and volunteers expected to conduct research in the form of program evaluation may have little or no training in effective research design and practices. This circumstance can lead to difficulties in the implementation of evaluation procedures, particularly with regard to program evaluation fidelity. In addition, a lack of familiarity with effective program evaluation and research methods may limit an individual's understanding of the importance of evaluation itself, as well as the importance of fidelity in conducting an evaluation. Effective planning of, training in, and monitoring of program evaluation procedures is essential for maintaining fidelity and ensuring accurate evaluation of program outcomes.
Cooper, R. J., VanderWey, S. A., & Wright, K. C. (2019). Promoting Program Evaluation Fidelity When Data Collectors Lack Research Design and Implementation Expertise. The Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss4/8