Nebraska 4-H Impact Studies
Signature Outcome Team – Statewide Programs
New for 2013 - Evaluation tools are available for use when evaluating all six statewide programs. Each tool was specifically developed to capture the impact of the outcomes targeted by that program. All staff administering the 10-hour signature outcome programs should plan to facilitate the supporting survey. These surveys can also be used to evaluate programs in addition to the 10-hour program that target the outcome of the current strategic plan.
Newly released National 4-H Common Measures are now available for use! Tools around all three mission mandate areas (Citizenship, Healthy Living, and Science) and a Universal 4-H tool are available for younger and older audiences (4-7th grade and 8-12th grade youth). All 4-H Common Measures tools are designed to be administered post-program. If these tools are a fit for your 4-H programming efforts, please use! (However, if you’re administering a 10 hour program use the evaluation designed specifically for that program). Please send completed surveys and cover sheet to the State 4-H office! A logic model, reference table, item listing, and printable tools are available at 4-H.org/commonmeasures
Impact on Post-Secondary Education
The Post-Secondary Education study is designed to build a baseline for reporting the impact 4-H had on participant's post-secondary choices. This year we plan to administer the survey in the fall of 2013 to 4-Her’s who graduated high school in the spring of 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. The State 4-H office will be distributing this survey via e-mail to all students with a valid email address in our system (approximately 65% of our 12 grade participants provide an email address).
If you already have a process for administering the survey directly to your 4-Her’s, we encourage you to do so. However, please notify the State 4-H office that you have done this to eliminate double surveying of some youth.
Data from these studies will be collected until October 1, 2013. Please review the Collection Guidelines before administering the survey. Youth can complete any of these surveys online through the use of custom web-links, or the surveys can be printed and completed on paper. If completed on paper, mail the completed surveys and a completed cover sheet to the state 4-H office.
Resources needed to conduct evaluations can be found in the table below. There you will find collection guidelines, a program cover sheet, parent and youth letters (we still have a waiver for consent meaning no signature is required, these letters provide information and details regarding the study), and the various evaluation instruments.