Evaluation Works!

We know we are working hard — but how well are our programs working?
The  Building Impact Through Evaluation professional development program blends in-person and online education with mentoring and peer learning circles to provide practical tools for ag professionals to try out immediately. We’ll offer tools and approaches that that are tried and tested across multiple disciplines. More about the project approach and activities.

What you’ll gain: Participation will help you celebrate your successes, and guide you — and your team, if you have one — to a deeper understanding of what works, what could be improved and what steps to take to do better.

Field dayWho is eligible to join? Any ag educator or service provider who works with farmers in Vermont is eligible. Extension faculty and staff, educators and service providers from nonprofit organizations, employees of government agencies, consultants and farmer educators are all invited to apply. Preference will be given to individuals whose work emphasizes water quality and/or new farmer development.

What is the time commitment? The project is designed to be flexible to accommodate the demands of our other work commitments and to support more efficient and effect evaluation and reporting. On average, we anticipate that a commitment of 3-6 hours per month will be needed.

Will it require a lot of travel? No. Participants will be asked to meet in person once each year of the project. Most project activities will be conducted via online sessions and individual consultations.

fields and flowers with rainbowHow do I apply? Please fill out this short application form. The application deadline is December 20. You will be notified about admission by January 3.

How much does it cost? There is no fee to participate in the program, but space is limited and admission is by application. The program will cover meal/refreshments at in-person trainings. Travel stipends are also available upon request.

Need more information? Please consider attending our introductory webinar on December 14. This  45-minute session will be a chance for you to learn more about the program and for the project team to listen to your needs and learning priorities. Or contact project director Beth Holtzman (802-476-2003).

Sponsor: This project is sponsored by the Northeast SARE Vermont State Professional Development Program and supported by UVM Extension.