What's the Evidence? Best Practices for 4-H Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Worksite Location
Chemung, Tioga and Tompkins Counties
Faculty Sponsor
John J. Eckenrode
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Mary Maley, Research Synthesis Project; Sarah Young, Mann Library Health Science and Policy Librarian
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Andrew Fagan, CCE Chemung and Tioga
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

This project will support the development of a Systematic Translational Review (STR) of the evidence for best practices for 4H volunteer recruitment and retention. The outcome will be a finished synopsis of evidence designed for use across 4H programs statewide.

Roles and Responsibilities

With the support of both BCTR and Mann Library staff, the student will work closely with the county CCE office to identify relevant contextual conditions affecting volunteer recruitment and retention; conduct a systematic search of the literature; contribute to a citation management system and abstraction of literature identified; and draft a synopsis of the results.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.

This position requires strong attention to detail, and would be best suited to a student with an interest in developing library research skills and in the 4H youth development program.

Benefits and Skills

What will be the learning outcomes for the student during this internship? The selected student will learn a process for systematic review of evidence, including locating and evaluating evidence, managing citations, and the translational connection between practice and research. In addition, the student will gain important first-hand knowledge of the contextual factors that affect practice in community settings.