Special Issue: Credible and Actionable Evidence in Extension Practice

Editors' Introduction to This Special Issue

This issue of the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension focuses on both of these questions and provides readers with in-depth exposure to the meaning of credible and actionable evidence of program effectiveness and quality and how it can be addressed within an organization. The ten articles in this issue cover the basics of what credible and actionable evidence is; how such evidence can be identified, measured, and collected; how credible and actionable evidence can differ depending on different levels of an organization and the stakeholders wanting the evidence; how organizations can build capacity to collect credible and actionable evidence; and how this evidence can best be presented to program stakeholders.

The context in which these articles are presented is the Cooperative Extension System, at the national, state, and local levels of that system. However, the information in these articles can be just as valuable for any agency or organization that has to deal with accountability.

Full Issue


Full Issue, Volume 7, Number 2
Benjamin Silliman, Scott Cummings, Donna J. Peterson, and Rich Poling

From the Editors


Editors’ Introduction to This Special Issue
Rich Poling and Donna J. Peterson


Thank You to Reviewers for This Special Edition
Benjamin Silliman and Scott R. Cummings

Original Research


Credible and Actionable Evidence Across Extension Program Areas: A Case Example
Mary S. Marczak, Emily H. Becher, and Patricia Olson


Credible and Actionable Evidence Across Stakeholder Levels of the Cooperative Extension System
Nick T. Place, Richard M. Klemme, M. Ray McKinnie, Carrie Baker, Jean Parella, and Scott R. Cummings