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: North Dakota Department of Health

This presentation defines what an indicator is and its purpose, describes how indicators relate to a program or project logic model, and explains how to understand the criteria for selecting a good indicator, and offer information on how to explain or share an indicator.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

This document describes what an indicator is, offering examples of key elements of specific, observable, and measurable indicators, and explains how to develop appropriate indicators.

Source: NAEPSDP Virtual Summer Field School 2020

This webinar by Natalie E. Cook and Thomas Archibald on July 17, 2020 provides an orientation to what Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can look like in Extension Evaluation including approaches and frameworks, common pitfalls and their mitigation.

Source: Cooperative Extension

These resources from Cooperative Extension, while not specifically focused on evaluation, may prove useful for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs including DEI in their evaluations.

Source: Tiger Prints Clemson University

"Within the existing economic development literature, there is a well-established linkage between the presence of skilled human capital and economic growth. A subset of this literature has focused on the role that a specific type of skilled human capital, known as the “creative class,” may play in facilitating regional economic development. This dissertation builds upon the existing creative class literature by examining the factors that have attracted the creative class to the state of South Carolina. In addition, this research gives special attention to the entrepreneurial activities of creative class professionals who engage in small-scale farming. Recent interest surrounding the economic, social, and environmental benefits of small-scale farming has led researchers and development practitioners to increasingly examine the role that local food systems may play in the regional development process. Accordingly, this dissertation examines how small-scale farm operators may be contributing to their communities and local economies by engaging in knowledge-intensive, entrepreneurial activities."

Source: Equitable Evaluation Initiative

The Equitable Evaluation Initiative is an organization that aims to build an infrastructure that supports and advances putting EE principles into practice, sharing inquiry, creating cross sector learning and shared leadership, and fostering field building.

Source: Ronald Hustedde & John Gruidl

"Major Extension programming, whether in community development, nutrition, youth development, small business, or other areas, strengthens organizations by enhancing the capacity of members to work together effectively. Yet evaluating these impacts is difficult and rarely done in practice. In this article, we apply ideas from the Learning Organization model to the evaluation of capacity-building programs. We identify questions that Extension educators can ask in evaluating the impact of their programming on an organization. In our view, a Learning Organization approach to evaluation holds promise in providing Extension educators with tools to demonstrate the value of their interventions with organizations."