Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library

The Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library is a compilation of materials to assist beginning farmer and rancher training programs to conduct evaluation.

This Resource Library was created as part of the Gaining Results through Evaluation Work (GREW) project, funded through a US Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant. This project supports the development of strong, effective and long-lasting farmer and rancher training programs so that beginning farmers enter the field of farming and establish successful farm businesses.

This library contains hundreds of resources focused on running effective and thorough program evaluations collected by the GREW team. Some resources focus explicitly on farming projects and others provide more general program evaluation instruction. You can use the topic of interest buttons below to search for the types of materials of interest or you can type a search directly “I’m looking for…” bar.

Please visit again – more resources will be added regularly.

If you have a resource you would like to see, have a resource you’d like to share, or have any feedback about the Resource Library, please contact nesfp@tufts.edu.

Source: Theory of Change

"The Center for Theory of Change is a non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change." It provides a variety of resources to better understand and implement a theory of change.

Source: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program

This fact sheet provides information to help make the appropriate choice of data collection method for survey use - including exporing the advantages of mail, telephone, web and personal interview surveys.

Source: Farm Beginnings

This is a template to be used to gather demographic and background information of program participants

Source: New Entry

This document reviews data identifying indicators of success for Community Food Projects. The metrics they use can be useful for larger system outcomes or long term outcomes for beginning farmer and rancher efforts.

Source: New Entry

This guide is for current Community Food Project grantees to prepare them for the Indicators of Success survey. This survey is the data collection method for the annual Indicators of Success report that documents the collective impact of all current grantees in a particular fiscal year. This report is distributed widely as well as sent to the USDA to support future CFP funding.

Source: The Berryman Institute - Ben C. West

"Program evaluations are becoming a more important responsibility for most Extension professionals. Despite an abundance of supporting resources, many Extension educators still fail to conduct meaningful evaluations of their programs, presumably because of time constraints and doubts about the quality of input received from evaluations. Web-based evaluations may be a tool to help educators conduct evaluations that are time-efficient and provide better results. Here I discuss my experience with Web-based evaluations and compare their advantages and disadvantages with traditional pen and paper evaluations." 

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