The Cooperative Extension System in the United States is based in land-grant universities and has a mission of disseminating, through educational programs, research-based knowledge to communities in order to improve their economic, environmental, and social conditions. Some cooperative extension programs have expanded their mandate to include developing evaluation capacity (referred to as evaluation capacity building or ECB) among their constituents.
The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, has a website with links to U.S. university extension program evaluation resources as well as evaluation training and blogs.
The university links include:
University of Wisconsin Extension, Program Development and Evaluation
Penn State, College of Agricultural Sciences, Cooperative Extension & Outreach
Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultrual Experiment Station, Cooperative Research and Extension
The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University
One university that is missing from the list and should be included is the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Office for Research on Evaluation (CORE). They have a partnership program that takes a systems approach to evaluation planning, implementation, and use of evaluation results.
Did you know there is a Topical Interest Group (TIG) of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) devoted to cooperative extension evaluation? Here’s a link: http://comm.eval.org/extension_education_evaluation/home/
Here is a link to cooperative extension-related Tips-of-the-Day on the AEA website: