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Beyond Logic Models: Evaluating Complex Programs

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Presentation from National Extension Technology Conference on using developmental evaluation approach for the network literacy community of practice.

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Beyond Logic Models: Evaluating Complex Programs

  1. 1. Beyond Logic Models: Evaluating Complex Emerging Programs Sarah Baughman John Dorner Karen Jeannette eXtension
  2. 2. http://www.extension.org/militaryfamilieshttp://blogs.extension.org/militaryfamilies
  3. 3. NetLit Steering Committee• Anne Adrian • Connie Hancock• Sarah Baughman, Evaluation Specialist • Amy Hays• Bob Bertsch • Karen Jeannette• Peg Boyles • Stephen Judd, Chair• Kyleen Burgess • Jim Langcuster• Chris Canjar • Kristen Mastel• Thomas G. Coon, Administrative advisor • Rich Phelps• John Dorner, Vice-Chair • Jerry Thomas• Brent Elrod, National Program Leader• Kevin Gamble • Terrence Wolfork• Diana Hagan • Barbara WoodsImage Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/info_grrl/6862478946/in/set-72157629286123040/
  4. 4. How do we plan to measure outcomes when we arent sure where we are going?Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvin255/3518359517/
  5. 5. Developmental Evaluation adapts tothe realities of complex nonlineardynamics rather than trying to imposeorder and certainty on a disorderly anduncertain world.– Michael Quinn Patton
  6. 6. Evaluation ProgressSteps along the way internal evaluator with eval committee establishing the framework developing initial evaluation questions surveying steering committee for sensitizing concepts reflective practice
  7. 7. Reflections to move us forward Participating in online networks is an essential skill for our increasingly inter-connected world. Network Literacy is the ability to leverage technology to create connections with other people and/or organizations in a virtual space.http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxypar4/
  8. 8. • Networks are powerful• Participating in networks has opened opportunities for creating stronger relationships resulting in professional collaborations• Learning, co-learning, and active learning all happen with participation in networks• Comfort level increases through active participation in networks• Need for recognizing barriers to participating in networks Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mag3737/
  9. 9. What role can we play?• Role model good online teaching• Leveraging individual CoP member networks to create impact within the system• Leader in defining, creating best practices for online learning and extension education• Serve as “technology stewards” for CES by showing how tools and approaches can address challenges.• Strategic efforts to leverage our networks around specific events
  10. 10. Roles we can play• Hold national level online conversations about cooperative extension that are open to the public to raise awareness of cooperative extension programs.• Support the efforts of others within Extension working to build network literacy.
  11. 11. Next Steps• Discussion results of reflective practice with the steering committee• Engage entire CoP in more specific plans to more forward• Continue to document our work
  12. 12. What we’ve learned• Time consuming, challenging approach• Stakeholder involvement has been difficult to get• We are making progress in individual learning networks• Increasing engagement and interaction outside of CoP membership
  13. 13. What we’ve learned• Time consuming, challenging approach• Stakeholder involvement has been difficult to get• We are making progress in individual learning networks• Increasing engagement and interaction outside of CoP membership
  14. 14. Harold Jarche: www.jarche.com
  15. 15. Listening Session• Offer a chance to invest• Opportunity to identify themes (sensitizing concepts to work from)• Create opportunity to request specific contributors/contributions• Provide tighter direction for future educational offerings (webinars, blog posts, etc)
  16. 16. Themes can help identify contributorsand “community indicators”• Can we provide programming that responds to themes and increase: – #new contributors – # contributors from state systems – # contributors from external learning networks – Repeat visitors, contributors
  17. 17. Contact InformationSarahBaughman@programevalsarahbaughman@extension.orgJohn Dorner@jdornerjdorner@extension.orgKaren Jeannette@kjeannetteKaren.jeannette@extension.org

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