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Tuesday, December 1 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
ISUEO Professional Development Needs Assessment Survey Instrument: Defining Our Future with Data

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a professional development needs assessment instrument that will gauge the overall professional development needs of Extension and Outreach employees, regardless of their respective roles within the Organization.  An extensive review of the literature and other land-grant university extension websites indicated a paucity of professional development assessments tools that would benefit the wide variety of Extension and Outreach's employees when identifying professional development needs.  A survey assessment tool, created specifically for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach employees, was designed as a result of this research.  The research team utilized Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Core Competencies and Program Development Process as a framework for the instrument's design.   Selected questions within the survey instrument were adapted from a variety of other land-grant university survey instruments which were developed originally for specific target audiences, e.g., 4-H Agents. 

Through extensive review of survey assessments and reports that focused on the professional development needs of various departments throughout Extension and Outreach, selected questions were adapted for inclusion in the instrument.  The remaining instrument questions were developed by the researchers, based on a review of the literature and study of psychometrics.  Instruments and current research that served as a resource for the development of the instrument include assessments such as:

· Professional Development Needs of State Extension Specialists 
· On-Line Professional Development for Extension Educators
· Examining a Professional Development System: A Comprehensive Needs Assessment Approach
· Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Staff Core Competencies
· Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program Development Process
· University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Professionals Learning Needs Survey 

The survey instrument consists of 80 questions, purposefully worded to gather the most insightful data on individual professional development needs and preferred method(s) of delivery.  Quantitative and open-ended questions were designed using a Likert-type scale.  A side-by-side format was chosen to collect quantitative data, while an open-ended format was selected to gather qualitative data.  Drawing upon ISUEO's Staff Core Competencies and Program Development Process, the professional development needs assessment survey includes two main sections, Personal Development and Program Development Process, which were then broken down further into categories.  Categories under Personal Development include: leadership, supervision and communications.  Needs assessment, program design and development, program implementation and delivery, and evaluation compose the categories related to the Program Development Process. 

The survey will be administered for the first time in October 2015.  Initial results will be gathered and interpreted through November 2015.  The research team plans to present the preliminary findings of the survey at the 2015 NAEPSDP Conference in San Diego in December 2015.

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Amanda Bakley

Iowa State University

Tuesday December 1, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
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