1.This document, PE057, is adapted from Fact Sheet PE-53, a se ries of Program Evaluation and Or ganizational Development, Florid a Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published: October 1993. Revised: March 199 4; 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 funct ion without regard to race, color, se x, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtai ning other extension publications, contact y our county Cooperative Extension Servic e office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean 2.Marilyn N. Norman, associate professor and district extension director, and Nayda I. Torres, pr ofessor and chair, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sc iences, University of Florida, Gainesvi lle, 32611. PE057Design Team Tasks1Marilyn N. Norman and Nayda I. Torres2What Is a State Major Program? A State Major Program (SMP) is an interdisciplinary programming effort that focuses on a major issue or situation. Further, it requires the expenditure of human a nd 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. An SMP is designed to bring about behavior and/or practi ce change by participants. Inherent in the Design Team responsibilities are the establishment of priorities and 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. Purpose of a Design TeamThe 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 activities and support the implementation of the county major program throughout the program term;#give leadership to SMP evaluation efforts; facilitate and support individual county major program evaluation efforts. Description of Tasks Design Teams coordinate resources and expertise and collaborate with County Faculty in the planning stages. These tasks include the following: Planning Assisting County Faculty in identifying and clarifying areas of common focus among county major programs or, more specifically, assisting the County Faculty in:#describing the county/area/state situation, and #identifying and agreeing on the target audience(s);#establishing long-range and annual objectives;#designing outcome indicators to relate the program towards objectives;#identifying or designing key resources and matching resource materials to the activities and objectives of county major programs.
Design Team Tasks Page 2 February 2002Designing Educational Activities Design Teams should provide suggestions through the design of an educational curriculum, providing suggested activities and delivery methods to County Faculty. Based on the available knowledge of adult education and learning theory, educational activities should use a variety of delivery methods, difficulty, and levels of expected outcomes. These suggestions could concentrate on:#overall content of educational activities;#methods of delivering the content;#organization of educational events;#appropriate timing of educational events;#responsibilities of County Faculty and Specialists;#responsibilities of clientele. Implementing The Design Team, in collaboration with County Faculty, should consider each of the following elements of implementation:#assisting with promoting the program in the counties;#obtaining and utilizing resources;#assisting with educational activities in the counties;#monitoring the teaching/learning/assessment process with questions such as:are educational activities being implemented as planned?is the target audience being reached?what are the reactions of clientele?is participation occurring as planned?are clients interested in the subject?are clients reaching the outcomes/impacts anticipated?#reinforcing/recognizing clientele in the counties;#revising and redirecting educational activities in the counties. Evaluating The Design Team should provide leadership to County Faculty in evaluating the major program. Some of the specific functions include the following:#identifying indicators of program outcomes and impact;#providing evaluation instruments/tools appropriate for use by County Faculty;#gathering data about the impact of the program;#data analysis;#writing progress reports;#writing evaluation/accountability reports for county, state and national use;#communicating impact to appropriate audiences at all levels;#strengthening the focus of the SMP.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