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Evaluation Tools

Evaluation is determining the value or worth of the educational programs you deliver. Evaluation is typically based on the outcomes targeted in the educational programs. Outcomes are results. What happened to the target audience because they participated in the Extension program? How are homes, workplaces, farms and communities better because of Extension programs? These are the questions we address when we evaluate our programs. Please use these tools to gain evaluation ideas, and please contact Hannah Wright if you have specific program evaluation needs.

Impact Statement Training 2020

Learning About Evaluation


Economic Impact Calculators

Program Evaluation Network

  • Program Evaluation Network (PEN) User's Guide (.pdf)
  • The UT Extension Program Evaluation Network includes a sampling guideline that if 100 or fewer people are served in a program, it is best to survey all 100. If more than 100 are served, then a random sample of 20% may be drawn with the results generalized to the entire population served. For research purposes, the following article may be helpful: Krejcie, R.V. and Morgan, D.W. (1970). Determining sample size for research activities. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 30, 607-610. In Barrick, R. K., et al. (no date). Measurement and Analysis in Descriptive Research. The Ohio State University. (.pdf)

Sample Surveys

  • 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology Questionnaire (.pdf)
  • Beef Questionnaire (.pdf)
  • Extension Programs Evaluation - General Form (G. Willems, 2010) (.pdf)
  • Forages Questionnaire (.pdf)
  • Forages Research Data from Dr. Gary Bates (.pdf)
  • Home Safety Survey (.pdf)
  • Horse Health Survey (.pdf)
  • Master Gardener Questionnaire (Intermediate) (.pdf)
  • TNCEP Coalition Survey (.pdf)
  • Commercial Landscape Management Survey (.pdf)
  • Small Ruminant Questionnaire (.pdf)


National 4-H Science: Building A 4-H Career Pathway Initiative Evaluation Tools


Extension Professional Development

  • State Action Agenda Webinar (April 5, 2016) YouTube Video
  • Make PEN Your Friend Webinar (May 17, 2016) YouTube Video
  • Online Surveys Using Qualtrics Webinar (December 9, 2014) (YouTube Video)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis Webinar (June 14, 2016) (YouTube Video)
  • Developing PEN Instructions (Orientation by PEN Authors) October 12, 2016
  • Effective Impact Statements Webinar (January 24, 2017) (YouTube Video)
  • Effective State Action Agenda Webinar (April 11, 2017) (YouTube Video)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis Webinar (June 20, 2017) (YouTube Video)
  • Public Value Course (August 24, 2017): Evaluation Solutions publication (.pdf)
  • Public Value Course (August 24, 2017): Visuals (.pdf)
  • Public Value Course (August 24, 2017): Young, D. & Ramsay, C. (2011). What is the value of Extension training for certified pesticide applicators? Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, 13, 14-23. (.pdf)
  • Public Value Course (August 24, 2017): Dickson County Impact Video (by Ms. Ginger Rowsey)
  • Public Value Course (August 24, 2017): Data Visualization Excel Workbook (original created by Dr. Stephanie D.H. Evergreen) (downloaded zipped Excel file)
  • Developing PEN Instruments (Orientation for PEN Authors) October 12, 2016 (.mp4)
  • Developing Logic Models and Outcomes (April 10, 2018): YouTube Video
  • Effective State Action Agendas Webinar (April 17, 2018): YouTube Video
  • Using Photovoice for Community Needs Assessment and/or Evaluation Webinar (May 14, 2018): YouTube Video
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis Webinar (July 10, 2018): YouTube Video