Program evaluation challenges and obstacles faced by new Extension agents: Implications for capacity building

John Diaz, Anil Kumar Chaudhary, K. S.U. Jayaratne, Laura A. Warner

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Abstract

In this era of accountability, Extension agents are expected to evaluate their programs for accountability. New Extension agents are not exempt from this expectation. If they lack evaluation capacity, this scenario can contribute to frustration and burnout. Therefore, it is paramount to explore new Extension agents' evaluation challenges and obstacles to find ways to help them build evaluation capacity. We used a modified Delphi study approach to identify and describe the most important challenges and obstacles faced by early-career Extension agents. The study panel demonstrated consensus on 26 program evaluation challenges and seven program evaluation obstacles. The findings may inform regional collaboration for evaluation competency building and promote meaningful discussions that move support beyond the status quo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 4FEA1
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume57
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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