Guide to extension evaluation (1.38 MB)
The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) has supported the development of this draft Extension Evaluation Guide. In order to enhance the contribution rural advisory services can make to rural livelihoods it is essential to monitor and evaluate achievements within complex rural settings, and to engage in a lesson learning process with a wide range of stakeholders and organisations. The Guide is intended to primarily be used by six sets of evaluation stakeholders:
The process of preparing this Guide began in 2010 with the production of a Review of Literature on Evaluation Methods Relevant to Extension and a Meta-evaluation of Extension Case Studies. These materials, combined with extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders, were then used to as background for the development of this Guide. If you are interested in field-testing this Guide, please contact email@example.com, as GFRAS would very much appreciate receiving feedback on the usefulness of this Guide.
Meta-Evaluation of Extension Evaluation (668.82 kB)
The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) has commissioned the Natural Resources Institute to develop a toolkit for the evaluation of extension (projects, programmes, tools and initiatives). This commission has a number of components:
The overall purpose of this project is to identify methods for better evaluation of extension through the development of a toolkit for extension evaluation. The meta-evaluation and meta-review will also provide an in-depth basis for the selection of the approaches, methods and tools in the toolkit.
Professor and Senior Associate to the Dean
Dept of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
135 Natural Resources
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
The purpose of this module is to expose national level policy makers, project managers and funding agency personnel to program evaluation. Specifically, participants in this evaluation workshop/training module will be able to:
Module 7 (p. 539 ff) in: The Worldbank (2012). Investment Sourcebook: Agricultural Innovation Systems.
Frechtling, Joy (2002). The 2002 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation. Division of Research Evaluation and Communication, National Science Foundation. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02057/nsf02057_1.pdf
Patton, Michael Quinn. (1997). Utilization Focused Evaluation: The New Century Text. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Suvedi, M. and S. Morford. (2003). Conducting Program and Project Evaluations: A Primer for Natural Resource Program Managers in British Columbia. Forrex-Forest Research Extension Partnership, Kamloops, B.C. Forrex Series 6. www.msu.edu/~suvedi/Resources/Documents/4_1_FS6.pdf
USAID (2011). Evaluation Policy. Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning. January 19th. www.usaid.gov/evaluation/ USAID_EVALUATION_POLICY.pdf?020911
Weiss, Carol H. (1998). Evaluation: Methods for Studying Programs and Policies (2nd Edition). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Wholley, Joseph S.; Harty, Harry P.; and Katheryn E Newcomer. (eds.) (1994). Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
W.K. Kellogg (2000). Evaluation Handbook. W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI. www.wkkf.org /documents/wkkf/evaluationhandbook/
Michigan State University - Extension Evaluation Resources www.msu.edu/~suvedi/Resources /Evaluation%20Resources.htm
Pennsylvania State University - Extension
University of Wisconsin - Extension
Program Development and Evaluation. www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evaldocs.html
BMZ/GIZ-conference “Systemic Approaches in Evaluation” (25-26 January 2011, Eschborn/Germany).
CRS Publications Pertaining to Evaluation (general)
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