Research & Evaluation

Research and Evaluation addresses program planning, design, monitoring, assessments, and impacts-focused reporting of research, education and extension projects in the areas of Community Vitality and Family Well-Being. Collectively, this work informs, contributes to, and supports research and evaluation knowledge dissemination and science capacity and rigor of initiatives informed by Family & Consumer Sciences and led by the land grant system and other NIFA partners.

Importance Of Research and Evaluation

Sound research and evaluation knowledge and practices are critical in developing and implementing successful solutions to societal challenges. The Division of Family & Consumer Sciences at NIFA recognizes the importance of research and evaluation in promoting Community Vitality and increasing Family Well-Being. In that effort, research and evaluation efforts seek to enhance current and future grantees' capacity and opportunities to utilize best practices so that they may be more effective, efficient, and transparent in building evidence-base of research, education and extension activities in the areas of Community Vitality and Family Well-Being and in accomplishing desired short- medium- and long-term societal impacts.


Multi-State Research Groups in Community Vitality and Family Well-Being
University of Wisconsin-Extension


Multistate Research Fund
NIFA Reporting Portal – browse ongoing and recently completed research, education, and Extension projects in the areas of Family Well-Being and Community Vitality.
NIFA Data Gateway – access, filter, and export data on NIFA funding by Knowledge Area, Field of Science, Subject of Investigation, or Congressional District.

Program Specific Resources

Analysis of the Value of Family & Consumer Sciences Extension in the North Central Region (2015)
Cooperative Extension's National Framework for Health and Wellness
The National Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED) Indicators Team
eXtension's Evaluation Community of Practice (Eval CoP)
Resources for Documenting Impacts from NERCRD

External Resources

USDA State Fact Sheets
Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group (EEE-TIG) of the American Evaluation Association
Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE)
Land-Grant Impacts in the Area of Youth, Family, & Communities
Impact Statement Reporting Course - Online; from Oregon State University
Multistate Research Impact Statement Archive
Healthy People 2020 – Leading Health Indicators
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) - A Federal Interagency Website that helps users find out the concentration of and languages spoken by LEP individuals in communities your programs serve.
Family and Consumer Sciences Research
Journal of Extension
Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences