Text Box: Module 1 - Youth Characteristics
Lesson 3 - Assessing Youth Leadership Program Effectiveness







Your project for Module 1 is to complete a report on a Youth Leadership Group (see the project description for more details.)  One of the things to consider when evaluating youth leadership programs is whether they are accomplishing their mission.  For example, if a youth group mission statement contains words such as “develops leadership skills….”, how can you determine if that result actually occurs?  The purpose of this lesson is to introduce you to several types of research studies available that assess program effectiveness.  The long-term goal is for you to develop an assessment instrument that can be used for a youth leadership group of interest to you.

Following this unit, the student will be able to:
1)  Identify the types of research that are completed to assess program effectiveness.
2)  Determine the quality indicators of selected youth leadership programs.
3)  Design a draft document to collect information.
Think about this situation:
If you were stranded on a deserted island:
a)  What three books would you like to have along?
b)  What three people (living, dead, fictional, etc.) would you like to have there with you?

1)  Complete Activity 1-5: Assessing Youth Leadership Programs.  [PDF]  [RTF]

2)  Read  Factors influencing an agricultural education student’s perception of the FFA organization, Croom, D. Barry and James L. Flowers, Journal of  Agricultural Education, V42, #2, pg. 28.  [PDF]

3)  Read Leadership self-perceptions of WLC participants, Rutherford, Tracy A., Christine D. Townsend, Gary E. Briers, Richard Cummins, and Charles R. Conrad, Journal of Agricultural Education, V43, #2, pg. 22.  [PDF]

4)  Read Self-perceived youth leadership and life skills of Iowa FFA members, Wingenbach, Gary J. and Alan A. Kahler, Journal of Agricultural Education, V38, #3, pg 18.  [PDF]

5)  Read Women’s self-perceived leadership skills in a collegiate agricultural education course, Thorp, Laurie, Richard Cummins, and Christine Townsend, Journal of Agricultural Education, V39, #1, pg. 55.  [PDF]

6)  Read Evaluation of a computer-based asynchronous activity on student learning of leadership concepts, Boyd, Barry L. and Theresa P. Murphrey, Journal of Agricultural Education, V43, #1, pg. 36.  [PDF]

7)  Read about the types of surveys you can utilize to ascertain the effectiveness of leadership programs.  Go to and read http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/survtype.htm and http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/survsel.htm.

8)  Look at the "4-H Youth Survey"  (Howard, Jeffrey W.  2001.  Impact assessment of the Texas 4-H youth development program.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.).  [PDF]

9)  Complete Activity 1-6: Design Your Leadership Program Assessment.  [PDF]  [RTF]