Critical Conversation - The role of evaluation in determining the public value of Extension

In an era of tightening budgets it is essential for Cooperative Extension to determine and articulate the “public value” of its programs and services. Public value is created when a service “advances valued social and economic outcomes” (Stoker, 2006).

Join us for a discussion of how evaluation contributes to creating, defining, documenting and reporting the public value of Extension programs.

Nancy Franz, Associate Dean Extension & Outreach
Iowa State University

Mary Arnold, Professor & 4-H Youth Development Specialist
Oregon State University

Sarah Baughman, Assistant Professor & Evaluation and Research Leader
eXtension Initiative
Virginia Tech

This critical conversation will be conducted as a Google+ Hangout On Air. Attendees can view and participate in the conversation on the Google+ Event page (link to be posted) or on the Network Literacy CoP YouTube channel ( For more details on eXtension's use of Hangouts On Air see:

See others in the series:
-- Mobile applications: The Mobile Quandary at
-- BYOD - Smartphones and Tablets in the Workplace at
-- Cultivating a workforce of knowledge workers at
-- Personal vs. professional identities in social media at
-- Digital Badges at


Nancy Franz, Mary Arnold, Sarah Baughman

Created by Stephen Judd

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