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New Publication: How to Use Digital Dashboards to Improve Program Implementation and Evaluation

How to Use Digital Dashboards to Improve Program Implementation and Evaluation is available on the Extension Foundation’s bookshelf.

This case study was written by Amy Patillo, Matthew Pezold, and Karen Funkenbusch from the University of Missouri. It outlines a strategy used by the University of Missouri (MU) Extension to manage and evaluate complex mental and behavioral health initiatives for farmers and rural communities. It highlights the processes and tools used to help a large, multidisciplinary team coordinate access to program assets, improve data collection, and report impacts and outcomes. The use of digital dashboards to streamline workflows and processes was unique to the team's approach.

The 34-page publication includes information about:

  • The need for mental and behavioral health programs for farmers and in rural communities;
  • Information about the CIPP model (Context, Input, Process, Product);
  • Using CIPP principles to design the digital dashboard;
  • How the team used DotDigital to create digital dashboards to streamline data collection, reporting, and data processing; and
  • A list of best practices and design principles for creating digital dashboards

The project and the development of the publication were supported by the Extension Foundation’s New Technologies for Agricultural Extension (NTAE) Cooperative Agreement with USDA-NIFA.

A note about our Publications: The Extension Foundation has recently released several new and previously published titles on topics including climate and extreme weather, Northeast ecosystems services assessment, DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation/response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications (now numbering two dozen) here. New publications are released regularly, so please check back often.

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