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: NCVN Charities Evaluation Services

This resource guides the process of analysing qualitative data for evaluation, with information on deciding what approach to take, creating codes or themes, categorising data, thinking critically about data and verifying analysis.

Source: UNICEF

This publication starts by defining equity, why it matters and why it is so urgent now. It then explains what an equity-focused evaluation is, explaining what its purpose should be and potential challenges in its promotion and implementation. The second part of the handbook explains how to manage equity-focused evaluations, presenting the key issues to take into account when preparing for equity-focused and developing the Terms of Reference. The booklet also includes potential equity-focused evaluation questions, how to design the evaluation, including identifying the appropriate evaluation framework, evaluation design and appropriate methods to collect data; and how to ensure the evaluation is used. Finally the document addresses how to conduct equity-focused evaluations under real-world constraints.

Source: University of California - Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems

This brief report summarizes the results of a follow-up survey taken by the graduates of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, offered through the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). The survey was given to those who graduated between 1967 and 2008.

Source: Clemson University

A Likert questionnaire item asks respondents to indicate their level of agreement or disagreement on a scale. This resource is a list of examples of Likert-type scales.

Source: Quivira Coalition

Quivira Coalition developed a Logic Model to help visualize their apprenticeship program's resources, activities and expected outcomes. It is a tool used to simplify complex relationships between various components and can be used during program planning, implementation and evaluation.