Sharing an Extension program with colleagues from other states requires the same commitment to adult education principles that are used when training Extension participants. This poster describes a deliberate effort to design and conduct a high-quality train-the-trainer effort that shared a Minnesota Extension program with professionals from other states. This poster will share the process used to customize a train the trainer session for five states on a community economics program program. Keys to the success included understanding each state’s Extension structure, participant’s understanding of an economic analysis tool (IMPLAN), how participants wanted to use the program upon return, involving them in the delivery of a program, and allowing adequate reflection and planning time following the emergence experience. Our evaluation method of the training included end of session discussions, interviews with the training team, end of session evaluations, and a follow-up survey of outcomes. Our efforts focused on enhancing the capacity of our colleagues to allow them to build the capacity of leaders in their communities. We were successful in our efforts to train others, but in addition we learned a great deal that has led to program innovations.
Templin, Elizabeth; Tuck, Brigid; Chazdon, Scott; Linscheid, Neil.
Creating an Excellent Train-the-Trainer Experience.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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