Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Teaching/Learning Process: ..

The purpose of this listserv is to announce new publications and evaluation related information.

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Either can be applied to a programme or to the work of an individual. Our experience of evaluation is likely to be different according to the underlying purpose. If it is to provide feedback so that programmes or practice can be developed we are less likely, for example, to be defensive about our activities. Such evaluation isn’t necessarily a comfortable exercise, and we may well experience it as punishing – especially if it is imposed on us (see below). Often a lot more is riding on a summative evaluation. It can mean the difference between having work and being unemployed!

Evaluation of the Historical Recognition Programs January 2013; ..

The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the major issues in the fields of program and policy evaluation. Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical frameworks used for evaluative research, validity issues in evaluative research, and the multi-methods, theory-driven approach to evaluation. The course reviews the process through which policies and programs are considered, developed, approved, implemented and evaluated. Evaluation research is of increasing relevance in an era where economy, efficiency and effectiveness are integral to the delivery of public sector services.

Research methods - the research process, operationalization, survey and questionnaire design, the logic of experimentation, qualitative techniques. Statistics - simple descriptive statistics, estimation and inference, measures of association, analysis of variance, regression and multiple regression.

Design the Evaluation: At this point in the process, ..

The interesting future is bounded by a measure of the uncertainty that a particular issue might actually materialize. Developments that are virtually certain either to happen or not happen are of little interest in scanning, because they involve little uncertainty. If the institution has little ability to affect these more or less certain happenings, they should be referred to the appropriate department for inclusion in its planning assumptions. The aging of the baby boom, for example, is certain to happen and should be factored into the current strategic planning process. A potential new impact of the baby boom that may or may not happen-such as growing competition within the medical care system for federal resources-should be forwarded to the scanning committee for evaluation of both its probability and its importance. Thus, the interesting future is comprised primarily of those developments that are ( 1) highly uncertain, (2) important if they do or do not happen, and (3) responsive to current policy options.

National Conference on Weights and Measures

Publishing qualitative results is one way to contribute to the progression of Extension. The trustworthiness of the data is critical because academic journals attempt to publish rigorous findings. Some academic journals do not publish qualitative research but some journals exclusively publish qualitative research (e.g., ). The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues and Journal of Extension regularly publish articles that use qualitative methods. Lists of journals that are receptive to qualitative methods can be found online (see ). Reviewing qualitative articles from these journals can lead to a greater understanding of qualitative procedures and terminologies.

WEAP: Water Evaluation And Planning System

This course is designed to introduce students to the research process. The principles and techniques covered here will be useful both for academic work (including the MPA Research Report) and for applied administrative and policy research. As well, it is designed to help students critically evaluate research encountered in academic work and on the job.

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Extension faculty are generally required to publish articles in order to meet tenure promotion requirements (Schwab 2003). They are also expected to provide quality research-based programming (U.S. Department of Agriculture 2010). It is possible for Extension faculty to accomplish both of these purposes through the evaluation of their programs. Qualitative evaluation may serve as a less intimidating way to contribute to professional literature and meet promotion requirements. It does not require an advanced knowledge of statistics and can be done at a scale and scope to match each agent’s budget, interests, and need. Furthermore, steps can be taken to insure the quality of the results and to enhance the trustworthiness of the process. When done well, qualitative research can provide valuable insights that can be used to improve programs locally while also influencing related programming efforts more broadly (see Higginbotham, Henderson, and Adler-Baeder 2007).