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Evaluation planning for your BFRDP grant
New Entry's Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Grant Program (BFRDP) Webinar series continues with our next topic:
The purpose of this Evaluation webinar is to help organizations create a useful evaluation plan. We'll cover:
- The purpose of evaluation
- Steps involved in framing an evaluation
- Ideas for identifying outcomes and indicators
- Basic steps regarding collecting, analyzing and reporting information
A goal of the webinar is to provide information to develop a useful plan for both your organization's own use, as well as for a BFRDP proposal. Participants will gain an understanding of the basic steps, and will have a list of resources to use in developing future plans.
This webinar is ideal for those who don't have much experience or training in evaluation, or those who want to learn more about creating an evaluation plan.
We encourage anyone interested in learning more about applying for a USDA BFRDP grant to start early! Please consider hopping on this webinar to learn more about putting together an evaluation plan you can use for your BFRDP proposal from our partner, Jan Perez, a social science researcher and evaluator at UC Santa Cruz.
About the presenter:
Jan Perez is a Research and Education Specialist at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been conducting evaluations over the past 20 years. At CASFS, she has evaluated beginning farmer training programs, agriculture focused STEM programs and farm-to-school related initiatives. She is a co-evaluator and co-author of the forthcoming report: Cultivating the Next Generation: An Evaluation of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (2009 to 2015), lead by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.