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The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families & Schools is an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

4-H Common Measures

Project Information

Principal Investigator: Michelle Howell Smith
Co-Principal Investigator: Natalie Koziol
Funding Agency: National 4-H Council
Award Date:
Theme: Research & Evaluation Methods, STEM Education
Project URL: N/A

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Members of CYFS’ Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics will collaborate with the National 4-H Council to contribute to ongoing development and implementation of the Common Measures instruments. National 4-H Common Measures instruments are designed to assess the impacts of 4-H programs in science, healthy living, citizenship, college/career readiness and universal positive youth development.

CYFS researchers will collaborate with 4-H representatives from 10 pilot states to provide training and maintenance for implementation of the Common Measures in conjunction with other activities aimed at enhancing data driven decision-making. As part of the project, researchers will conduct in-depth case studies of three of the states and create an online learning module on data driven decision making that will be housed on the web platform, eXtension.