1.This document, PE056, is adapted from Fact Sheets PE-53 and PE -31, a series of Program Eval uation and Organizational Developm ent, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published: October 1993 and October 1990. Revised: October 2001. Please visit the EDIS Web site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.eduThe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sc iences is an equal opportunity/affirmative ac tion employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, se x, age, handicap, or national or igin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county C ooperative Extension Servic e office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / Unive rsity of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Marilyn N. Norman, associate professor and district IV extension director and Nayda I. Torres, professor and chair, Departmen t of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Se rvice, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sc iences, University of Florida, Gainesvi lle, 32611. PE056Effective Design Teams1Marilyn N. Norman and Nayda I. Torres2State Major Programs and Design Teams A State Major Program (SMP) is an interdisciplinary programming effort that focuses on a major issue or situation that requires the expenditure of human and financial resources on a problem of importance to a relatively large audience. Once a program has been labeled a "State Major Program, a Design Team is established to provide leadership for addressing the issue through educational programs.Purpose of a Design TeamDesign Teams must see their purpose in four major areas. The purposes of a Design Team are to:#help County Faculty with the planning of county major programs that make up state major programs;#identify, develop, and/or help obtain educational materials needed to support county major programs;#give leadership to the implementation of SMP and support the implementation of the county major program throughout the program term;#give leadership to SMP evaluation efforts, and facilitate and support individual county major program evaluation efforts. Function of an Effective Design TeamDesign Teams coordinate expertise and resources in the establishment of priorities and also provide a refined focus on problems and issues of concern to people. This involves the comprehensive planning, development, and evaluation of a set of educational subject matter and appropriate methods of delivery. In doing so the following functions are important for the Design Team to accomplish:#Identify a common mission and vision centered on their SMP.#Communicate clearly with team members, Program Leaders, and Extension Administration.#Use group process and team-building skills in the program development, implementation, and evaluation stages of the Plan of Work.#Stay current with issues surrounding their SMP, continuing to explore stated and emerging needs.#Design and implement a comprehensive research-based curriculum utilizing adult or youth development education principles appropriate for their targeted audience.#Develop and provide appropriate and relevant educational materials.#Lead an educational program focused upon educational outcomes.#Empower County Faculty in learning and teaching.
Effective Design Teams Page 2 February 2002#Plan an evaluation methodology for a full range of output, outcome and impact indicators.#Report accomplishments and achievements to strengthen the SMP and fulfill state and federal reporting requests.A Design Team Self-AssessmentDesign Team leaders and members may use the following check list as a self-assessment tool for the Team.#The SMP Team Mission has been identified and agreed to by the team members and posted.#County and State Faculty actively participate in meetings.#Current research or known issue-based information is shared regularly with team members.#The Plan of Work is based on citizen/industry/societal needs.#The Plan of Work is capable of being addressed through education.#The Program Leaders, Extension Administration, and team members have a planned Design Team calendar and minutes of each meeting are shared.#A quality In-Service Training for County Faculty is planned and implemented (See Fact Sheet on Measures of a Quality In-Service Program).#Committee members know each other and work together toward common goals on the team.#The team is able to accomplish specific tasks at each meeting or subcommittee meeting.#Proposals are written to further develop the Plan of Work.#Output, Outcome and Impact Indicators are measurable and communicated to County Faculty.#The curriculum is comprehensive in scope and utilizes adult/youth development education principles appropriate for the targeted audience.#County Faculty have active teaching roles.#County Faculty use the evaluation tools, reporting clearly indicators and impacts in local program reports.#Reports are thorough and submitted on time.ReferencesFact Sheet PE-31 Role of a Design Team, October 1990 Fact Sheet PE-56 Concept of State Major Programs and Design Teams, December 1994 Fact Sheet PE-49 Concept of a Major Program, January 1994 Circular PE-63 Extension Specialist's Role and Responsibility Statement, July 1996Recommended Web Sites for Current SMP Plan of Work and AREERAPOW: http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/~smpweb/ AREERA: http://pdec.ifas.ufl.edu/ Faculty Web Modules: http://pdec.ifas.ufl.edu/newfaculty.htm