Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Ohio Statewide Agricultural Leadership Program
by Black, Alice M., Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2006, 201; 10835738
Abstract (Summary)

Statewide agricultural leadership programs were founded in 1983 by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. These programs now extended to 32 states and three countries, lay claim to thousands of alumni, and receive an immense amount of stakeholder support. Millions of dollars have been invested in these statewide agricultural leadership programs; however, little evaluation evidence exists that documents the outcomes of these programs with the program participants.

This study attempts to evaluate outcomes of a statewide agricultural leadership program in Ohio by determining the affects of the program on participants after they graduate. The study explored three levels of outcomes on the individual, organizational and community level using the EvaluLEAD framework developed by Grove, Kibel and Haas (2005) to develop a conceptual model.

The research employed a retrospective descriptive survey research design. An original web-based instrument was developed to collect the data from a census population of 262 alumni. The instrument was found to be highly reliable and valid and effectively measured the outcomes of this leadership program.

The findings of this study are based on an alumni response rate of 75% (n=196). Conclusions from the study indicate that statewide agricultural leadership program alumni report several positive outcomes on the individual and organizational levels as a result of the program. On the community level, one positive level existed. Low outcome levels were reported by alumni on one organizational level and several community levels.

The result of this study provides the first examination of the impact of a statewide agricultural leadership program at the post-program evaluation level utilizing a comprehensive instrument developed to gain insight into alumni outcomes and program achievements.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Connors, James
School: The Ohio State University
Department: Agricultural Education
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Agricultural education
Keywords: Evaluation, Evalulead, Leadership, Leadership development, Ohio lead program, Statewide agricultural leadership development program
Publication Number: 10835738
ISBN: 978-0-355-96719-7
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