County: Lincoln

Main Contact: Liz Olsen, OSU Lincoln County Extension, Newport Liz.olsen@oregonstate.edu

Pay: This is an unpaid community engagement project

Description of Project:

Master Gardener Program- The project would involve interaction with the MG class members both recertifying veteran MG’s and Apprentices currently going through the program, the Program Coordinator, class mentors and instructors to assess the existing evaluation tool questions.  After conducting interviews, make recommendations for potential improvements in format and/or questions.  And final step would be to assist with tabulation and spend time with Program Coordinator on analysis.  The evaluation could be trialed at individual classes, modified and then administered at the final overall program evaluation class on March 22nd. 

Suggesting improvements to the existing evaluation tools that would assist with evaluating the overall effectiveness of the classes being taught during the 12 week program would be valuable.  As mentioned above this would entail review of existing form/questions that are used for both Apprentice and recertifying veteran Master Gardeners and tailoring it specifically to  these audiences which are attending the classes for very different purposes. 

The desired outcome is how best to solicit community home horticulture/sustainable gardening needs from this subset of our community population and to be able to utilize this evaluation tool(s), for example,  at MG Roundtable discussions that are free and open to the public, at our other MG sponsored community educational events and to reach newer and diverse community audiences.

The candidate would need to participate in a number of the classes which are held on Tuesdays beginning January 5th through the end of March 9:00am to 4:15pm at Oregon Coast Community College South Beach campus and some time at OSU Lincoln County Extension office in Newport.

A horticulture or agricultural sciences student would be ideal but not a necessity.

Timeline: January – March is actual class time but the project completion could extend through end of April or into May