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: Community Science

Evaluation is no longer just about identifying measures, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting the findings. It is also about helping stakeholders confront the complexities of intersecting systems and dichotomous thinking, have difficult and uncomfortable conversations, be realistic about their expectations, be reflective and learn, and be open to new ways of thinking about scientific rigor and evaluation. This webinar will begin with a framework for understanding this process of continuous strategy improvement, followed by a discussion among panelists and responses to audience questions.

Source: North Carolina State University Department of Agricultural and Extension Education - K. S. U. Jayaratne

"Extension educators have been challenged to be cost effective in their educational programming. The cost effectiveness ratio is a versatile evaluation indicator for Extension educators to compare the cost of achieving a unit of outcomes or educating a client in similar educational programs. This article describes the cost effectiveness ratio and its application in Extension. The major implications are 1) learning ways to reduce the cost of educational programming, 2) making Extension educators aware of the cost of educational programming and guiding ways to maximize the cost effectiveness, and 3) promoting pro-evaluation organizational culture."

Source: UC Berkley

UC Berkley has developed possible questions to use in post class surveys at the University, but this can be a useful place to draw questions from for post course surveys in other contexts.

Source: EvaluATE

This worksheet guides "summarizing key evaluation facts in a format that is easily and quickly digestible engages the busy reader and can make your project stand out."

Source: facilitation & process

"Developing a theory of change for your nonprofit organization is one of the core foundations of strategy.  If your nonprofit does not have a logical and compelling understanding of how you create change then you undermine the success of your organization. It is only when your organization has a “true north” compass point about the change you make that you will be able to credibly evaluation of your organization’s impact on the community you serve." 

Source: WAFERx (scroll down on this webpage to access webinar)

In this webinar, the speakers present their research on the extent to which Sustainable Food Systems Education in the USA and Canada address equity. They discuss their proposed equity competency model and provide examples of activities from their teaching practices that support the development of future professionals capable of dismantling inequity in the food system.