Means by which Outputs and Outcomes are Assessed

The Evaluation Team employs utilization-focused evaluation and multi-method research to document and measure expected outcomes of the iPiPE CAP and guide project management decisions. Team members collect appropriate qualitative and quantitative data throughout the project.

 Primary data collection efforts include:

    • Gathering Web-based user statistics on project activities
    • Surveying and interviewing participants including producers, crop consultants, extension professionals, and students and their employers/advisors
    • Administering pre- and post-internship assessments of student learning
    • Measuring stakeholder learning
    • Conducting case studies for assessing economic impact of the CAP 

Secondary data sources include

    • USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 
    • USDA Economic Research Service 
    • Appropriate state agencies,
    • Website statistics 
    • Other sources that emerge during the project. 

Specific evaluation methods are organized by activity/objective and based on key indicators of success. Each indicator is directly related to an expected outcome.