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Conference Name Annie´s Project Long Term

Mary Sobba and Karisha Devlin


Missouri began offering Annie’s Project classes in the fall of 2004. Since then, ninety classes have been offered throughout the state with over one thousand participants. Most of the participants were women farmers and landowners. The participants were from a variety of farming operations including full time farming, small niche operations, off-farm jobs and landowners. The ages ranged from sixteen to eighty-two. All classes used the national evaluation tools at the end of class to gather short-term learning and class participation. There has been a need to determine long term impact. The emphasis statewide and in many other states is to show programs are making a difference long term. The Missouri Annie’s Project state coordinators worked together and with the suggestions and advice of state specialists designed an evaluation tool to send to past participants. The evaluation was distributed via U.S. mail. The evaluation was sent to three participants of each class, for a total of two hundred seventy. This evaluation is in process and will be complete approximately May 1st. A few of the items in the survey include: actions taken, changes in farm role, curriculum importance, networks formed and changes in confidence and leadership. Comments and stories were encouraged. The presentation will include the steps taken to create and distribute a long term impact evaluation. Also, the presentation will include the analyzed results and additional ways the state coordinators plan to use the data and results.

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