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Conference Name Evaluation of Knowledge Gained at a Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Ronald Rainey


Results of a train-the-trainer evaluation are presented and discussed. The workshop presented risk management resources and strategies to assist influencers (county agents and farm advisors) in advising their producers/clients. The one-day workshop addressed various risk management areas providing participants with resources to not only advise their clients but also conduct educational programs in their local areas.

The training used a combination of lecture and interactive training sessions to educate the participants. The following topics were addressed during the workshop: strategies for managing risks, Risk Management Agency (RMA) insurance products for specialty crops, managing risk in fruit and vegetable production, national organic program, value-added business opportunities, business record keeping, and internet risk management resources.

A retrospective evaluation design was used to assess knowledge gained by each workshop participant. Using a scale of 1 to 5, each participant indicated their level of pre- and post- understanding of presented topics. Changes in participant understanding of topics as a result of the training are presented and discussed. Additionally, discussions of the various topics addressed and teaching methods used during the training are outlined.

Results indicate the greatest change in knowledge occurred in the national organic program and RMA insurance products sessions. Both sessions revealed a dramatic increase in participant understanding of those topics. Conversely, the areas with the lowest change in knowledge occurred in the enterprise budget and business record keeping sessions. This result was due to the relatively high participant understanding of these risk management areas prior to the workshop.