We are a group of educators nationwide involved with university outreach and Extension programs.
Our goals are to:
1) Learn together and share our insights, skills, and tools in evaluating program quality and impact;
2) Work together on issues and projects of mutual interest;
3) Have fun with technology, our colleagues, and the people we serve.

A copy of our original proposal may give you a better idea of our goals
ApplicationforeXtensionEvalCoP2-23-09.doc

Program evaluation has sometimes been used to burden or coerce people (including those asked to do it), but we have another vision, inspired by Mother Teresa, who said,
"If we judge people, we cannot love them."
As evaluators, our challenge is to discern the elements of quality and impact in a way that shows love for program participants, stakeholders, and program staff, applying that a step at a time, as Mother Teresa reminded us,
In this life, we can do no great things; only small things with great love."

Some of the small things we do include...
Evaluation Webinars (follow this link for materials from the online Evaluation Webinars)
Evaluation Resources Clearinghouse
Extension Professional Development Evaluation Resources Workshop 12-7-09
Frequently Asked Questions

Webinar Learning Circles
4-H Science Learning Circle

eXtension Evaluation CoP Business
Evaluation CoP Planning Meetings

CoP Interest Groups
(name your own-ex: STEM, camping, natural resources, disaster response, economic development)

Questions About Evaluation
(ask about terms, methods, evaluation efforts, etc.)
Q (2-19-09): Someone mentioned the "Transtheoretical Model" behavior change. What is that?
A: The "Transtheoretical Model" developed by Prochaska and colleagues recognizes that behavior change typically follows a stage-like pattern of increasing insight on and commitment to action (no/limited awareness to trying new actions to sustained change), THUS programming and evaluation should be keyed to an individual's stage of change and track the results and processes by which changes come about. For more information, see URI Transtheoretical Model
The model has also been applied to communities. See Prevention Planning Model