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: Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst

"The Pennsylvania Farm Evaluation Program (Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst) is a voluntary farm evaluation that can be used to confirm that a farm is being managed in an environmentally sensitive way."

Source: University of Wisconsin - Madison

This is a useful and brief 16-page guide that covers the basics steps needed in conducting a program evaluation. It can be a good introduction to those new to evaluation.

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

"Extension educators need simple and accurate evaluation tools for program evaluation. This article explains how to use aspiration as an outcome indicator in Extension evaluation and introduces a practical evaluation tool. Aspiration can be described as the readiness for change. By recording participants' levels of aspiration, we will be able to determine whether the program is effective in achieving desired results. This aspiration-recording tool is easy to use in terms of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Evaluation data collected from this tool can be used to document accountability and make decisions for program modifications."

Source: Farm Beginnings Collaborative

This resource is a template for primary outcome goals of a farming program/class/course. Question for participants correlate with specific outcome goals: Graduates will be engaged in farming. Graduates will meet their goals for family income from agricultural production. Graduates will use sustainable practices. The number of acres in sustainable production will increase. The amount of sustainably produced food available locally will increase.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison

This website provides extensive tools for developing and evaluation programs in Extension.