Communicating Impact

READING LIST

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POWER POINTS

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TEMPLATES

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EXAMPLES

EVALUATION OF NEBRASKA STAKEHOLDERS KNOWLEDGE OF RESISTANT/INVASIVE PESTS

  • James, Terri. Poster presented at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI.
    • In 2015 Nebraska Extension surveyed stakeholders, extension staff and faculty to gauge, what was considered, critical issues within the state; eighteen issues were defined. Multi-disciplinary teams were formed to create demand-driven, focused content on the specific issues prevalent in the state. One issue team Resistant/Invasive Pests has an interdisciplinary team. In 2017 the team wanted to evaluate the impact it has had in two years of education and training on invasive/resistant pests. A general knowledge survey was developed. This survey includes; 1) general knowledge questions on invasive/resistant pests, 2) photo identification of invasive/resistant/beneficial species and 3) practices of integrated pest management. This survey was first initiated to the general public, during the Nebraska State Fair, to establish a baseline. Fair goers were asked to take the survey, with Extension Educators on hand to help answer missed questions and respond to questions about invasive/resistant pests. (2019)
INVASIVE RESISTANT emg small.pdf

GUIDING TOOL FOR MEASURING AND REPORTING THE PUBLIC VALUE OF VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

  • Froemming, Jackie. Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/f1Hele_dUDk
    • Measuring and reporting the public value of volunteer activities completed by Master Gardeners is not always easy. We have created a guiding tool to facilitate identifying the outputs, outcomes and impacts of different types of volunteer work. The multi-part tool includes a At-A-Glance Guide, a Worksheet and a Project Report as an example. This tool is assisting Master Gardeners in Minnesota demonstrate the benefits that their work brings to their audiences and their communities (Info sheet). (2019)

PATHWAYS OF CHANGE

  • Pratsch, Samuel. Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/9jGU_B8W1Sk
    • “Programming” can be thought of as an on-going process in which we design, deliver and evaluate educational, extension and/or research activities in order to help transform our lives, our organizations and our communities. This hands-on presentation provides an opportunity for participants to explore their own program logic and connect it with larger theories of change through a step-wise pathways of change approach. Participants can expect to engage in a number of fun, practical exercises that will help them think about their programs in different ways and confidently apply new program development and evaluation skills directly to their own work. (2019)

PURDUE MG PROGRAM ANNUAL IMPACT SURVEY

  • Orick, John. Poster presented at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI.
    • This poster will outline the efforts of the Purdue Master Gardener Program to measure medium and long-term impacts of the program on volunteers for internal and external reporting. Impacts were being measured and reported annually. However, important outcome indicators were not being measured statewide. So, in 2017 Purdue MG volunteers were surveyed to begin gathering these important outcome indicators as well as other important impact and demographic data about the program. This poster presentation will report the methods and results of the survey. (2019)
Poster-NEMGCC2018-DRAFT2 JO.pdf

SPOTLIGHT ON IMPACT

  • Venturini, Vanessa.Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/ToXV9DO8n7g
    • Looking for a way to stay focused on impact? Learn how the University of Rhode Island Master Gardener Program developed and implemented a multi-year focus area. The goal of the focus area is to concentrate the efforts of staff and volunteers in a strategic way toward a relevant issue facing local communities. This issue-based focus was selected by conducting a needs assessment with key partners, aligning with state Cooperative Extension priorities and consulting with Master Gardeners in top leadership positions. With a common set of behavior change goals, the focus area serves as a guide for volunteer training topics, public education efforts and program evaluation for the next two to three years. (2019)

TREES CAN DO THAT?! WHY URBAN TREES ARE GOOD FOR US – AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO ENHANCE THEIR ROLES

  • Konijnendijk, Cecil. Oral presentation at: Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference; 2018 August 6-10; Madison, WI. https://youtu.be/XZhm6doSN5k
    • This presentation discusses the many benefits provided by urban trees and woods, based on the latest research evidence from across the globe. Focus will be on the many contributions trees make to our health and wellbeing, as well as to building stronger urban communities. Some of the benefits of trees in cities are perhaps surprising, such as their roles in stimulating creativity and child development. A rapidly increasing body of knowledge stressed the various ways in which trees and other nature impacts public health. Urban forestry has the task to optimise tree benefits, while also making sure that a sustainable and resilient urban forest is developed. Best practices in urban forestry are presented, including the need to apply a place perspective, develop partnerships, and work closely together with local communities. Finally, the role of urban foresters and other professionals, as well as citizens and communities, in developing better and more vibrant cities will be discussed. (2019)