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Statewide Evaluation of 4-H Science and Camping Programs
Arnold, M. E. & Archibeque, C. (2012). Statewide 4-H Science Program Evaluation Report. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
2011 Oregon Statewide 4-H Science Program Evaluation Report (PDF)
Arnold, M. E. & Archibeque, C. (2011). Statewide 4-H Camping Program Evaluation Report. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
2011 Oregon 4-H Summer Camps Statewide Camp Evaluation (PDF)
ExxonMobil - Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp Evaluation Report
Nott, B. D. & Arnold, M. E. (2011). ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Oregon State University: Program Evaluation Rerport. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
2011 marked the fifth year of the Exxon/Mobil - Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at Oregon State University. The camp evaluation was conducted with 48 middle school campers who attended the two week residential camp in August at Oregon State University. The evaluation shows that campers developed science processing skills and increased their interest in science as a result of attending camp.
Statewide Study of the 4-H Horse Program
This study was undertaken in the states of Oregon and Washington to understand the experience of youthparticipants and adult volunteers in the 4-H horse program. The study focused largely on the demographics, life skill development and postive youth development of the youth participants. The adult portion of the study also gathered demographic information, and information about the impact of the program on youth. A special emphasis of the adult study focused on conflict among 4-H leaders and its impact on youth.
The two reports below contain the basic descriptive results of the studyfor the Oregon participants only. A more detailed analysis using the combined data from Oregon and Washington is planned. Check back here for additional information and reports.
Arnold, M. E., & Nott, B. D. (2010). Oregon State 4-H Horse Program Evaluation Leader Report. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
This report contains the result of a study conducted with 243 randomly selected adult volunteers in the 4-H horse program. The study focused on the nature and extent of conflict among 4-H horse leaders, and its potential impact on youth development in the 4-H horse program. Overall, it appears the level and extent of conflict is not universal in the 4-H horse program, but rather is impacted by a relatively small group of 4-H leaders. Significant correlations were found for the engagement of the county 4-H educator with the volunteer leaders and the degree of conflict reported.
4-H Horse Leader Report - Oregon Participants Only (PDF)
Arnold, M. E., & Nott, B. D. (2010). Oregon State 4-H Horse Program Evaluation Youth Member Report. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
This report contains the first stage analysis of a study conducted with 156 randomly selected youth members in the 4-H horse program. This report focues mainly on a demographic description of 4-H Horse program members in Oregon, including time spent with horse, motivation for joining, and time spent doing other activities. The report also looks at the importance of competition, and life skill development. Youth also completed the Positive Youth Development Inventory (PYDI) and provided information regarding conflcit in their county 4-H horse program. A more detailed analysis of the data will be conducted later in 2010 and posted here.
Statewide Study of 4-H Volunteers
Arnold, M. E., & Dolenc, B. (2008). Oregon 4-H Volunteer Study: Satisfaction, Access to Technology, and Volunteer Development Needs. Corvallis, OR: 4-H Youth Development Education, Oregon State University.
This evaluation assessed the current needs of adult 4-H volunteers in the areas of volunteer development, satisfaction, and technology. The study was conducted statewide using a stratified random sample of 4-H volunteers. The valid sample size was 503, with 175 volunteers responding (35% return rate). Surveys were mailed to participants from the State 4-H Office, with 2 rounds of follow-up post cards to non-respondents.
The Tufts University Study of the Positive Development of Youth