The Cooperative Extension organization could be categorized as a participatory organization because of our focus on local needs in driving our work. The pandemic moved a lot of our work to online platforms. This article reflects on use of online tools for program evaluation and needs assessment. Online focus groups were successful in gathering high quality data from a diverse and geographically dispersed population for program evaluation and as part of a needs assessment process. Coupling the focus groups with a modified World Café approach allowed us to go beyond identification of needs to prioritization and development of potential solutions.
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Vines, K. A. (2022). Participatory Evaluation and Needs Assessment Tools for Cooperative Extension in a Virtual Environment. The Journal of Extension, 60(3), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.03.14