In 2011, a team of researchers at University of Minnesota Extension completed
an Implementation Evaluation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) program. Information from this study improved
the Center for Family Development’s understanding of how quality SNAP-Ed
programming is carried out. As part of the Implementation Study, Community
Nutrition Educators (CNEs) who lead SNAP-Ed classes across the state provided
input into what they felt contributed to positive outcomes in their work
environments. Extension Educators (EEs) then reviewed the CNE data and
discovered several trends relating to personality characteristics, attitudes, and
teaching philosophies that coincide with effective programming. Extension
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Educators then surveyed Extension Educator and Program Coordinator (PC)
colleagues for their views on desirable CNE personality traits and work characteristics,
and compared this data with the Implementation Study findings.
Current hiring procedures for Extension employees provide only general interview
guidelines and do not address specific intrinsic personality characteristics
that management teams should be looking for in hiring effective CNEs. It was
therefore determined that a list of desirable CNE characteristics and qualities,
based on both the Implementation Study and EE/PC survey findings, would
be helpful for use in the CNE hiring process. Suggested evidenced based
interview questions that focus on intrinsic personality characteristics for hiring
CNEs are presently in the development phase.
Leines, DeeAnn; Burns, Connie.
Great Program Outcomes Begins with the Right CNE.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.
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