A study to determine the effectiveness of the leadership advisory board in meeting the needs of visioning and advocacy for the Texas agrilife extension service

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Title: A study to determine the effectiveness of the leadership advisory board in meeting the needs of visioning and advocacy for the Texas agrilife extension service
Author: Ripley, Jeffrey Paul
Abstract: This study sought to determine and evaluate the effectiveness of the Leadership Advisory Board structure and its membership at meeting the needs of Visioning and Advocacy for Texas AgriLife Extension Service . The research was conducted with the members of the Leadership Advisory Boards in 48 counties in Texas , with a selection based upon distribution of counties across all Extension categories roughly equal to the percentage of each category currently present in the State . The primary purpose was to determine the self perception of members of their ability to serve as advocates and as a visionary organization to help Extension identify and validate the issues important to the residents of their county . A secondary purpose was to identify the benefits , concerns and solutions that can assist Texas AgriLife Extension in strengthening the organizational structure and methods associated with these Boards across the State . Five research questions were examined by the researcher . These questions were , 1 . What is the competency level of the Leadership Advisory Board members on the pertinent issues in the county ? , 2 . Do members of the Leadership Advisory Boards understand the Land -Grant system and the Extension Service ? , 3 . Do members of the Leadership Advisory Board feel that their ideas lead to programs ? , 4 . Do members of the Leadership Advisory Board assist with interpreting program impacts to key stakeholders and decision makers ? , 5 . What benefits are Leadership Advisory Board members receiving from their involvement on the Board ? The sample population included 490 Leadership Advisory Board members , with 236 of these participating in the survey . The instrument utilized was a seven page survey with 26 perception statements on a likert -type scale , six true or false questions to measure knowledge of the Land -Grant system , three open -ended questions for qualitative analysis , and 10 demographic questions to describe and categorize the respondents . The results included 10 significant findings , which led to 7 recommendations for Extension related to the Leadership Advisory Board , and 5 areas of further research .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3094
Date: 2009-05-15

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A study to determine the effectiveness of the leadership advisory board in meeting the needs of visioning and advocacy for the Texas agrilife extension service. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3094 .

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