Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library

The Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library is a compilation of materials to assist beginning farmer and rancher training programs to conduct evaluation.

This Resource Library was created as part of the Gaining Results through Evaluation Work (GREW) project, funded through a US Department of Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant. This project supports the development of strong, effective and long-lasting farmer and rancher training programs so that beginning farmers enter the field of farming and establish successful farm businesses.

This library contains hundreds of resources focused on running effective and thorough program evaluations collected by the GREW team. Some resources focus explicitly on farming projects and others provide more general program evaluation instruction. You can use the topic of interest buttons below to search for the types of materials of interest or you can type a search directly “I’m looking for…” bar. 

Below are a series of compiled tipsheets that highlight some of the key resources in the library and aggregate them into useful groupings to help navigate through the evaluation content.

Basic Evaluation Tools and Resources
There are many resources available on the web to help people conduct program evaluation. It can be somewhat overwhelming to wade through them all. To make the process simpler, we have highlighted a few key documents. These items offer basic information and guidance for different aspects of conducting evaluation.  Download the .pdf tipsheet here.

Resources for Using Self-Assessment as a Learning and Evaluation Strategy
Self-assessment in beginning farmer programs can help improve learning outcomes for participants and serve programs as an evaluation tool. GREW offers several resources for learning more about, and utilizing, self-assessment in BFR programs.  Download the .pdf tipsheet here.

Surveys, Assessments and Other Tools for Evaluating Beginning Farmer Training Programs
The GREW Resource Library contains hundreds of resources focused on running effective and thorough beginning farmer and rancher program evaluations. More than 75 new resources have been added to the library and more than 40 of these resources are examples of survey tools, reports, assessments and logic models done by peer organizations serving beginning farmers and ranchers.  Download the .pdf tipsheet here.

Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Evaluation Resources

Twelve new articles, webinars, and websites have been added to our Online Evaluation Resource Library that feature information related to incorporating equity, inclusion, and diversity into evaluation work. In this document we highlight three examples from our library as a starting point for your explorations.  Download the .pdf tipsheet here.

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Source: Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program

This fact sheet provides information to help make the appropriate choice of data collection method for survey use - including exporing the advantages of mail, telephone, web and personal interview surveys.

Source: Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition

This document outlines the survey development, distribution, and analysis process for a survey conducted in 2012 with participants of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition.

Source: Farm Beginnings

This is a template to be used to gather demographic and background information of program participants

Source: Colorado Building Farmers Pre-Course Assessment

This two page hard copy survey is used for the pre-course assessment for the University of Colorado Extension's Building Farmers Program.

Source: New Entry

This CFP webinar covers how evaluation planning is woven throughout the following proposal components: Sections of the CFP narrative and how to strategically present a compelling and fundable project idea; How to construct a logic model that effectively explains the project and the connections between goals, objectives, activities, and outcomes; Tips on what to include and not include in your proposal.

Source: New Entry

This document reviews data identifying indicators of success for Community Food Projects. The metrics they use can be useful for larger system outcomes or long term outcomes for beginning farmer and rancher efforts.