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PURDUE FAST START PROGRAM

April 1, 2020

Extension Educators,

A new custom screen has been built in DM to track engagements for the Purdue Fast Start Program.

Counties may determine how to best document and post in DM. Individual Educators may report engagements. Some Counties may coordinate and have one or two people enter data. Some Counties may have multiple people reporting. Just be certain each County is reporting engagement activities.

Thanks to ELT and our DM Liaisons for their work in testing the new screen.

The Purdue Fast Start Program screen is unique and has a different approach to data entry compared to our other DM screens. Most importantly, we are “counting” IMMEDIATE CONTACTS (not the Direct and Indirect Contacts we report on our other Extension screens). Please, read carefully before entering data.

Purdue Fast Start Program INSTRUCTIONS

If you have questions or need help with the Purdue Fast Start Program screen in DM, please email DMhelp@lists.purdue.edu.

Thank you for your work,

Julie Huetteman, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

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Learning Events, Other Activities, Impact Statements

This page contains information for Extension Educators to enter data into Digital Measures for:

  • Learning Events
  • Other Activities
  • Impact Statements

IMPORTANT TIP: When logged into Digital Measures, click on the question mark to open a separate window with instructions. You will see help tips with each data field.

Educator Reporting Responsibilities Overview

OUTPUTS – Monthly

In conjunction with the Monthly Communiqué process when Educators report to their District Director on progress toward their goals on the WORD document template, they will also enter monthly outputs in Digital Measures.

There are 2 categories:

  • Learning Events – education programs/workshops delivered to the public in person or via technology
  • Other Activities – consultations, community committees/boards/coalitions, popular press (educational articles, newsletters, TV/Radio spots), professional publications

IMPACTS – fall and spring

To coincide with county efforts to share success stories via THE DEPOT in the fall (near the start of the Indiana legislative session) and in the spring (ahead of the legislative budget decision-making process), Educators will report at least one individual or team impact statement in Digital Measures in the fall and one in the spring. On an annual cycle, Educators would post a new impact statement between Nov. 1 and May 1, and their second one between May 1 and Nov. 1.

Need help writing an impact statement?

OUTCOMES – September 1

Through the work of many Educators, Specialists and Program Leaders, outcome indicators have been developed for each program area: 4-H, ANR, CD, and HHS. Outcome indicators are statements created from Outcomes/Impacts posted on logic models. These indicators are written in broad concepts to capture a limited list of key results of Extension efforts. The approach to outcome indicators varies between program areas based on the structure and coordination of programs.

Short-term — Outcome indicators for Learning Events are short-term and generally focus on knowledge gained or intentions to take action. Select outcome indicator(s) only if event is completed and results are in hand as reported for this month, and enter the number.

Medium- to long-term — With Impact Statements, outcome indicators are medium to long-term, that is, from behavior change or adopting a practice, to condition, environmental, economic or social changes.

Here are the logic models by program area:

Instructions and Resources

Purdue Extension Strategic Initiatives
This document shows the goals and priorities for Extension programs.

DM Screen Instructions
Here are DM screen guides for step-by-step instructions.

DM Tips
Bi-monthly, 10 minute sessions via ZOOM to highlight a topic related to Digital Measures.

Digital Measures Liaisons

Thanks to many, many Educators who helped out during the testing and development of the current metrics approach for Extension. Now, we have a group of “DM Liaisons” for each area across the state who are resources for Educators.

Southeast

Area 1 – Harriet Armstrong, Bartholomew
Area 2 – Megan Broughton, Washington

Southwest

Area 3 – Amanda Mosiman, Warrick; Hans Schmitz, Posey
Area 5 – Jenna Nees, Putnam; Jay Christiansen, Vigo

Central

Area 6 – Sarah Hanson, Johnson; Scott Gabbard, Shelby
Area 8 – TBD

East

Area 7 – Molly Hunt, Delaware
Area 11 – TBD

Northwest

Area 9 – Monica Nagele, Montgomery
Area 10 – Mary Foell, LaPorte; Jan Reed, Lake




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