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Thursday, December 3 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Agents Training Agents: Evaluation of the VCE District Program Leadership Team

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The VCE DPLT program completed its first full year of operation at the end of 2014.  There is one DPLT in each of the four VCE Districts.  Each DPLT has six members (two ANR, two FCS, and two 4-H Agents).  There charge is to train primarily new agents (four years or less of experience) in the VCE Programming Process.  An evaluation was conducted in early 2015 to determine the helpfulness of the DPLT to agents in 2014.  An online survey was sent to all agents (approximately 220).  Agents who had interacted with the DPLT were asked to respond.  Seventy-one surveys were completed and returned.  Some key results included: 1) 51% (36) of responding agents had five or more years of experience; 49% (35) had less than four years of experience; 2) agents with four years or less of experience indicated that they interacted with their DPLT primarily through district training sessions and individual assistance; 3) when asked to rate the helpfulness of their interactions with their DPLT (where, 1=Unhelpful, 2=Somewhat unhelpful, 3=Neutral, 4=Somewhat helpful, 5=Helpful), the overall mean for these newer agents was 4.1; 4) means for categories of experience were, less than one year 4.5, one year 4.3, two years 3.8, three years 3.8, four years 3.8; and, 5) the mean for five years or more of experience was 3.6.  Given that the main focus was to help newer agents, the first year was deemed successful.  In this short session, these results, and others, of the year one evaluation will be presented with time for discussion.

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Michael Lambur

Associate Director, Virginia Tech
I currently provide leadership for program development (situation analysis, program design, evaluation) as an Associate Director for Virginia Cooperative Extension.  I have worked as an evaluator in Cooperative Extension since 1983 with Michigan Cooperative Extension, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and the eXtension Initiative.  I have extensive experience in all aspects of evaluation of non-formal Extension programs at the local, state, and... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
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