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Enhancing the 4-H Common Measures: An Evaluation Proposal
Principal Investigator: Leslie Hawley
Co-Principal Investigators: Susan Sheridan
Funding Agency: National 4-H Council
Award Date: May 1, 2015
End Date: Feb 10, 2017
4-H stakeholders created a series of nine standard instruments, called the Common Measures, to assist local, state, regional and national 4-H programs in their evaluation efforts. These instruments assess child and youth outcomes and indicators.
This project will critically review the nine existing instruments that comprise the 4-H Common Measures and suggest potential areas for revision. Recommendations will focus on the outcomes outlined in the National 4-H Council’s Logic Model.
The main tasks for this evaluation include:
- The review of existing instruments and feedback from 4-H systems.
- The development of items for measuring program improvement that provide contextual understanding of the youth experience.
- The development of new measures for evaluating character development.
- The development of new measures for evaluating targeted behavioral change.
- The re-design of survey protocol.
CYFS methodologists with the MAP Academy are developing measures to help 4-H assess youth development outcomes. The team includes, from left, Jared Stevens, Natalie Koziol, Lorey Wheeler, Ann Arthur, Michelle Howell Smith and Leslie Hawley.