The economic turmoil of the past decade has reinvigorated the debate over the use of public funds to support local Extension efforts. State Extension groups across the country have begun to demonstrate their worth in a variety of ways, including attempting to show both the behavioral and economic outcomes of Extension initiatives. However, showing the value of the 4-H Youth Development Program has proved challenging. The benefits of joining youth programs tend to be latent, not fully manifesting for years or even decades until participants mature into adults. Studies are starting to provide insights into the social, physical and mental rewards of joining youth development organizations such as 4-H, but these behavioral outcomes are disproportionally reported when compared to economic studies. From 2012-2013 families enrolled in Oklahoma's 4-H Youth Development Shooting Sports Project were surveyed about their recreational spending habits. Economic contributions for the state of Oklahoma, and impacts on local economies are estimated using primary data and an IMPLAN model. These economic analyses provide estimates of the economic worth of one youth project overseen by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Subsequently, policy makers are provided justification of the project not only from a social, physical, and mental perspective, but are additionally provided economic indicators of the project's immediate worth.
|Advisor:||Allen, Kevin P.|
|Commitee:||Cox, Charles B., Shideler, David W.|
|School:||Oklahoma State University|
|Department:||Natural Resources and Ecology Management|
|School Location:||United States -- Oklahoma|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental education, Agricultural education, Natural Resource Management|
|Keywords:||4-h youth devlopment, Economic activity analyses, Economic justification, Implan, Shooting sports, Youth programming|
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