Accountability of extension education in the global arena
Multiple facets of an accountability system are addressed. Demands by the public and users for extension program relevance is now required. The primary focus is on program impacts that have a positive influence on people's lives. Cost effectiveness and strategic planning for accountability is described as a must. Targeting audiences for accountability information with significant emphasis on using success stories for conveying program impacts is explained. Viable accountability systems are required for collecting and storing appropriate data. The development of an electronic reporting system is explained. Ultimately, a focus on the critical issues of appropriate client involvement in planning, implementing and evaluating extension programs must be combined with adequately planned and proactive accountability functions to assure that needed support for extension programs remains viable.
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