SIGNIFICANT LEARNING AND IMPACTS Significant learning, change in attitude and practices are outcomes that Extension uses to evaluate the impact of their services and programs. Impacts from Extension Master Gardener projects should improve people’s lives. Explain how this project augmented learning, increased knowledge, or changed practices to enhance quality of life. These impacts could be economical, environmental, educational, health, community-based, etc. SFE projects should be developed to reach the most people possible from the target audience. Impact numbers are not as significant if the target audience does not learn or utilize information. Make sure you ask participants how this information helped them and record this as an impact. Depending on the nature of the project the evaluations may be very informal (i.e. casually asking questions) or formal (i.e. pre-test/post-test).
For example: Evaluation questions that ask, “How do you plan to use this information?” or “Can you share specific information that you learned today?” can help show impact—especially if you can show that 70% of the participants plan to change a gardening practice such as use fewer pesticides.
Look to the Extension Master Gardener blog (http://blogs.extension.org/mastergardener/tag/2015-sfe-awards/) for information about the 2015 winning SFE projects.
If you are selected as a Search for Excellence first place winner, you will be expected to provide a short (3 minute, maximum) talk about your project at the 2017 International MG Conference, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, July 10-14, 2017 (http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2017imgc/). This presentation can be done in person by a designated representative or by sending a pre-recorded video. The presentation must be coordinated in advance with the SFE committee. Second and third place winners will be acknowledged at the conference, but will not be asked to give a talk.
BLOG POST: Each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be expected to create a short blog post about their winning projects for the National EMG Blog http://blogs.extension.org/mastergardener/
POSTER: Each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be expected to prepare a poster to be displayed at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference.
There is no reimbursement for your registration fees or travel expenses to the International MG Conference. We will inform you of the outcome of your Search for Excellence application by October 8, 2016, to allow your group to take advantage of early registration discounts for the 2017 International Master Gardener conference.
The Master Gardener program, rather than individual Master Gardeners, will receive a monetary award and plaque for winning first place in each Search for Excellence category. Second place winners may receive a monetary award if funds are available. Second and third place winners in each category will receive a certificate.
August 1, 2016: Search for Excellence applications due (emailed to Sharon Box (firstname.lastname@example.org) AND to our Box Account (upload.2017_In.email@example.com)
October 8, 2016: Applicants will hear back about the status of their SFE application by this date.
October 10, 2016 – January 13, 2017: 2017 IMGC early registration
January 14, 2017 – April 14, 2017: 2017 IMGC registration (no discount)
April 14, 2017 – May 14, 2017: 2017 IMGC late registration (as space allows)