Surveys, Assessments and Other Evaluation Tools used by Beginning Farmer Training Programs

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The GREW Beginning Farmer Program Evaluation Resource Library aims to support farmer and rancher training programs by sharing resources to help them with their evaluation goals. The library contains hundreds of resources focused on running effective and thorough program evaluations. Some resources focus explicitly on farming projects and others provide more general program evaluation instruction. We have recently added more than 75 new resources to the library and wanted to highlight that more than 40 of these resources are examples of survey tools, reports, assessments and logic models done by peer organizations serving beginning farmers and ranchers. These resources are all accessible via the search feature on the online resource library, but we have also listed them with links in this document for quick and easy access. 

Survey Tools

More than 20 new survey tools have been added to the resource library, which are listed below. There are surveys for single events, follow-up evaluations, post-program evaluations, and more. These new tools, along with 25 others, are available in the Resource Library by selecting “Surveys” under the “BFR Evaluation Resources” drop down list, then clicking “search.”  


We have also added 18 example reports from Beginning Farmer and Rancher Programs including a number of reports from the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and One Acre Fund’s online “Impact Dashboard.” Check out all our example reports (34 in all) in the Resource Library by clicking “reports” under “BFR Evaluation Resources,” then clicking “search.” New general evaluation resources have also been added that provide guidance on evaluation reporting. Find them by clicking “Reporting” under “General Evaluation Resource Types.”


Our new additions to the library also include 12 example assessment tools from organizations in the GREW community. Assessments tools are often used at the beginning of a program to identify a learning or program plan. They are often also used at the end of a program to determine gains made, and the level of competencies reached. Thus, they can be used as both learning tools as well as evaluation tools. The tools listed below, along with others, are available in the Resource Library by selecting “Assessments” under the “BFR Evaluation Resources” drop down list, then clicking “search.”

Logic Models

We have also updated our library to include a two-part webinar series on Logic Models from Cultivating Community and examples of logic models from the Organic Growers School and University of Colorado Extension. We also have a few previous logic model resources already in our library as well. Check out all our logic model resources by selecting “Logic models/theory of change” under “BFR Evaluation Resources,” then clicking “search” in the GREW Online Evaluation Resource Library

Organizational Example

The Food Group Minnesota shared a suite of their evaluation tools with us for their Big River Farms Training Program and while most of the documents are listed in the sections above we wanted to highlight them together, to offer an example of how different tools can work together within a larger evaluation program.

We hope you find these resources to be helpful. Please let us know if you have anything to add. 

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