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2023 Title Promotion

Program Assistant/Technician Narrative Prompts

The following 4 sections are to be addressed in the submitted narrative. Your total response is limited to 25 pages, 12 point font including any tables, graphs, and images.


Introduction:

  • Briefly describe yourself, characteristics of your county, your role within extension, or any other relevant information you would like to share with the committee.

Program Planning:

  • Situation Statement: Describe why a program was needed and how you determined there was a need. Summarize any data, past needs assessment results, or other information which led to the conclusion that there was a need to implement, expand or continue a program. Explain how you collected and used community data and identified and prioritized community needs; include if you worked with the county agent, Program Advisory Committee, or other community stakeholders.
  • Partnership Development: Describe partnerships and coordination with other organizations and Extension program areas to develop and build your program and serve your population.
  • Program Goals & Objectives: Describe your overall program, the audience, and the problems being addressed. Include the program goals (the long-term expectation of what should happen as a result of your program) and objectives (the results to be achieved, and the manner in which they will be achieved). Describe how you identified curricula or other research-based content appropriate for achieving your program goals and objectives.
  • Funding & Resources: Discuss efforts to secure additional funding and/or resources to support the program and if you were successful. List any grants and other resources secured.

Program Delivery:

  • Educational Strategies: Explain how you delivered your program. Include the major strategies or program delivery methods you used (i.e., training, events, social media, newsletters). Detail any innovative, creative, or new and emerging methods or technologies. Discuss the use of different strategies or methods with different audiences.
  • Marketing & Diversity Strategies: Describe your marketing strategies to build awareness of educational programs and events. Outline the channels of communication you used to market to your target audiences. Describe the forms of targeted outreach you used to reach underserved audiences and report if you engaged new audiences as a result of any innovative marketing or outreach efforts.
  • Partners & Volunteers: Describe how you developed/maintained partnerships and coordinated with collaborating agencies to deliver your program and serve your population. Discuss if these partnerships allowed your program to meet additional needs or reach previously underserved audiences. Describe how you recruited, trained and used volunteers to assist in program delivery.

Program Results:

  • Evaluation Strategies: Describe how you evaluated the effectiveness of your teaching methods and if you adjusted teaching methods as a result of evaluation feedback. Describe how you evaluated your program outcomes.
  • Program Outcomes: Describe changes in knowledge (short term outcomes), behavior or practice (medium term outcomes), or social, economic, or environmental changes (long term outcomes) by providing evidence from evaluation data. Use graphs and charts where appropriate to illustrate results. Include a sample of success stories to show programmatic impact. Describe the public value the program provides to the community.