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hrough research, education and extension, land-grant universities aim to educate all people — not just students. Extension services are available to residents throughout each state. PIE Center research helps develop and evaluate programs to be the most effective. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

Community gardening educationCommunity gardening education evaluation

Faculty: Alexa Lamm
Graduate student: Courtney Owens
Funded by: Children, Youth and Families at Risk

PIE Center researchers, in partnership with Florida A&M University, measured the effects of a community-based gardening education program geared toward teaching rural and minority children about nutrition, obesity, and food security.

Final report

 

Extension & education projects

  • Public perceptions of Kansas State University research, extension

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Staff: Sandra Anderson Funded by: Kansas State University In order to fully understand Kansas residents’ awareness and perceptions of the Kansas State University Research and Extension program, the PIE Center will conduct a survey with residents throughout the state. PIE Center researchers will expand on previous focus groups and a survey conducted by the K-State program. Final report
  • Evaluation of mobile gardening education program

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Graduate student: Courtney Owens Funded by: Children, Youth and Families at Risk, USDA As an extension of the Community gardening education evaluation project listed below, PIE Center researchers are again collaborating with Florida A&M University to deliver educational materials about community gardening, childhood obesity and proper nutrition to under-served populations. This will be conducted through the development of a mobile garden unit that will be introduced at schools in the Florida Panhandle. The PIE Center serves as the primary evaluation team to determine successes and challenges associated with the program.
  • Evaluation of Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Graduate student: Courtney Owens Funded by: National Science Foundation The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, or PULSE, is designed to improve college biology education by having discussions with faculty members across the country in an effort to change how post-secondary life sciences departments approach education. Researchers from the PIE Center focused on evaluating the program’s process and implementation by collecting data through surveys and interviews. Survey report  Interviews report  Focus groups report
  • UF/IFAS Extension needs assessment

    Faculty: Joy Rumble, Alexa Lamm Staff: Sandra Anderson Graduate students: Arthur Leal, Courtney Owens, Taylor Ruth PIE Center researchers determined the needs of Extension agents in Florida about educating and communicating with the public about contentious issues and policies. Researchers conducted interviews with county agents and used results to create an online survey. The survey included questions about contentious issues and policies, how often they were addressing these issues and policies, what sources they use to learn about issues and policies, communication channels they use to convey this information and how they determine what information to share. Respondents felt that communicating about contentious issues and policies was important, essential, encouraged
 and meaningful, but found it to be difficult and complex. Final report
  • Extension personnel as brand managers for UF/IFAS Extension

    Funded by: UF/IFAS Communications Even though county-level Extension employees live and work in their local areas, they must also represent the state and university as a whole. PIE Center researchers helped IFAS administrators, faculty and staff understand the perceptions and needs of the people representing the UF/IFAS brand across the state. Final report  Executive summary
  • Branding of Florida Gardens for Life

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Staff: Sandra Anderson Funded by: UF/IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens UF/IFAS Extension and Bok Tower Gardens created a program to promote and facilitate school and community gardens. In order to ensure successful branding and marketing, researchers conducted three focus groups with the program's target audiences. Final report
  • Producer opinions of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

    Faculty: Joy Rumble Funded by: Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Facing decreased license tag sales, Florida Agriculture in the Classroom decided to reexamine its "Buy and Ag Tag and Watch Me Grow" advertising campaign that was placed on billboards, print media and mailings. PIE Center researchers helped FAITC target agricultural industry members with a message themed around taking pride in agriculture. Final report
  • Community gardening education evaluation

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Graduate student: Courtney Owens Funded by: Children, Youth and Families at Risk, USDA PIE Center researchers, in partnership with Florida A&M University, measured the effects of a community-based gardening education program geared toward teaching rural and minority children about nutrition, obesity, and food security. Final report
  • Teaching teachers about agriculture, leadership

    Funded by: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services developed the Agriscience Education Leadership Program to provide teachers with diverse experiences and broad knowledge in the state’s agricultural industries while encouraging them to take more leadership roles. Agricultural teachers can enhance their students’ knowledge by understanding the vast collection of commodities and job opportunities available. PIE Center researchers examined the impact of the Agriscience Education Leadership Program as well as potential areas for improvement. Final report
  • UF/IFAS Extension long-range planning

    Funded by: UF/IFAS Extension As part of a statewide effort to enhance Extension programs in Florida for the next decade, the PIE Center was asked to solicit input from stakeholders and members of the general public regarding perceived issues affecting their community as well as impression of Florida Extension. The analysis gave Florida Extension a clear path of action, as an educational organization, to support Florida’s economy, environment and people. Final report