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: The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This online survey was sent as a follow up to participants of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition who attended trainings, workshops, and received technical assistance over the 3 year grant period.

Source: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) is located in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is an international community of scholars/practitioners that exists to promote a culturally responsive stance in all forms of systematic inquiry including evaluation, assessment, policy analysis, applied research and action research. 

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: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

This is the summative evaluation report of Virginia's Certified Farm Seeker Program conducted by the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

"To get usable and accurate data from questionnaires and interviews, it is critical that you develop questions that are easily understood by the respondent. The Question Appraisal System (QAS-99) is a method for identifying and fixing miscommunication and other types of problems with questions. Use QAS-99 before formal field testing of your questions. The QAS-99 includes a checklist composed of eight steps. Within each step, you can determine whether specific problems with a question exist, and, if so, check the “YES” box associated with the particular problem."