Research and evaluation
Research-based curriculum, materials, and programming is an important component of 4-H.
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Missouri 4-H Life Skills Evaluation System
4-H Study of Positive Youth Development
The longitudinal 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development involves more than 4,400 youth and 2,000 parents from 25 states. The 4-H study measures the a variety of personal and social factors that impact a young person’s development. Overall, study researchers are finding that participating in high-quality youth development programs like 4-H plays a critical role in helping young people achieve success.
For an overview and reports, see 4-H study of positive youth development
Evaluation instruments, tools and reports were
developed as part of the CYFAR New Communities Projects at
This report summarizes and interprets the results of computer skill assessments given to children at Missouri 4-H Afterschool Computer Lab sites during 2003-04.
Brightening Horizons Evaluation Report (PDF)
Missouri CYFAR computer skills assessment tools
Playing to Learn
An evaluation of the participation of upper elementary and middle school students in Missouri recreational computer lab programs.
Playing to Learn Evaluation Executive Summary (PDF)
Order Form (PDF) for the complete evaluation report
Statewide evaluations conducted by 4-H staff across Missouri show that camp develops essential life skills in youth. The specific life skills evaluated in these studies were teamwork, self-responsibility, learning by doing, and social skills.
- 2007 Evaluation Complete Report (PDF)
- 2007 Evaluation Overview Poster (PDF)
- 2007 Camp Counselor Study - Executive Summary (PDF)
- 2005 Evaluation Overview Poster (PDF)
- 2005 4-H Resident Camp Study - Executive Summary (PDF)
- 2005 4-H Resident Camp Evaluation (PDF)
Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL)
The ECYL program helps councils create a space at the table for youth/young adulst to serve on council. The EYCL program is available as a resource for councils that seek to involve younger generations.
Youth Futures evaluation
Youth Futures: College Within Reach is a college orientation program for underserved youth. The program includes local mentoring and on-campus experiences that promote college as an obtainable goal.
- 2011 Youth Futures Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2010 Youth Futures Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2009 Youth Futures Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2008 Youth Future Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2007 Youth Future Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2006 Youth Futures Evaluation Summary (PDF)
- 2005 Youth Futures Evaluation Summary (PDF)
Embracing Higher Education by Sarah Garber (PDF)
St. Louis Youth Futures graduates featured in Mizzou Magazine 2008
Penn State program
Information to design and implement a useful program evaluation in order to improve a program, compare delivery methods, respond to stakeholders, advocate, and prepare for promotion.