Delphi Survey of Needs for On-Farm Research: Forecasting Changes in a Farm Organization

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2016-06-01
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Polush, Elena
Grudens-Schuck, Nancy
Grudens-Schuck, Nancy
Exner, Derrick
Karp, Robert
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The forecasting abilities of Delphi technique worked well when a farmer organization wanted to predict on-farm research topics for its farmer membership. This article provides evidence—after 10 years—that Delphi successfully predicted ideas for research that lasted long into the future, including a compelling unanticipated result that changed the face of the organization. Would you want to use a research tool that was this powerful in organizational settings? This article contains details about setting up, conducting, and interpreting the Delphi.

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This article is published as Polush, Elena Yu, Nancy Grudens-Schuck, Derrick N. Exner, and Robert Karp. "Delphi Survey of Needs for On-Farm Research: Forecasting Changes in a Farm Organization." Journal of Extension 54, no. 3 (2016). Available at: https://joe.org/joe/2016june/a3.php. Posted with permission.

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