Factors Impacting Program Delivery: The Importance of Implementation Research in Extension

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2015-06-01
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Gagnon, Ryan
Franz, Nancy
Garst, Barry
Bumpus, Matthew
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Cooperative Extension is in a unique position, given its relationship with research-based, Land-Grant Universities, to advance the scholarship of implementation research. A stronger shift towards evidence-based practice has been occurring, oriented towards the assessment of programs for outcomes. This paper explores core concepts related to program implementation and delves into factors that influence successful implementation of Extension programs and services. The importance of implementation within the Extension Program Development Model is explored, along with emerging issues and trends.

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This article is from Journal of Human Sciences and Extension 3 (2015): 68–82. Posted with permission.

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implementation, engagement, evidence-based practices, Extension, Cooperative Extension, program evaluation, scholarship
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