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.

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Source: New Entry

A webinar for BFRDP applicants on developing an Evaluation Plan that includes outcomes and measures. This webinar provides specific information and examples to help beginning farmer organizations identify outcomes and indicators - a key piece of developing a useful evaluation. The information shared in this webinar can help participants develop their BFRDP proposal, as well as identify other needed information for their organization to use. This webinar is ideal for those who don't have much experience or training in evaluation, or those who want to learn more about creating an evaluation plan.

Source: GREW

This document was developed as part of an evaluation of the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).1 It highlights the many possible components that can go into programs that train beginning farmers and ranchers. This document can be used for developing logic models for evaluation or project development.

Source: The Food Group

This simple two-page hard copy evaluation form lists questions for the facilitator to ask the group of participants after the program and includes a list of questions a facilitator fills out about the program.