Ohio 4-H Program Review

The Ohio 4-H program review is the first of a series of OSU Extension reviews.
The project timing coincides with a national search for a new statewide leader.

The purpose of a program review is to guide program development on a continual basis. A program review is a process that evaluates the status, effectiveness, and progress of programs and helps identify future direction and priorities. Program reviews are a standard practice in youth development programs (Roth & Brooks-Gunn, 2016) and higher education (Halonen & Dunn, 2017). The OSU Extension 4-H program review is a voluntary practice for self-study and external review.

The review includes five elements:

  • A report on the state of youth development in Ohio
    • Report prepared by Dr. Scott Scheer and students Trent Baldwin and Amy Michaels.
  • Internal self-study and report
    • Report led by Dr. Kirk Bloir and the Ohio 4-H team.
  • Crowdsourcing insight summary
    • Research and report generated by Dr. Cindy Torppa, Dr. Debby Lewis, Amy Elhadi, and Danae Wolfe from OSU Extension Learning and Organizational Development.
  • External committee visits and final report
    • In-person visits will be held April 1-2 on campus. Committee members represent diverse perspectives of 4-H programs varying in size, scope, and geographic location. The committee will submit a final report outlining observations and insights.
  • Key stakeholder communication throughout the process

Questions that will be asked during external review

On behalf of Dr. Roger Rennekamp, director of OSU Extension and associate dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, program reviews are led by Dr. Julie Fox, with support from Michelle Gaston (gaston.6@osu.edu).