Parent Education Community Assessment Tool and Resource Development

Worksite Location
CCE Jefferson County
Faculty Sponsor
Kimberly Kopko, Senior Extension Associate, Policy Analysis and Management
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Eliza Lathrop Cook, Extension Support Specialist, Policy Analysis and Management
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Amanda Root, Nutrition Program Leader, CCE Jefferson County
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

We plan to further develop a CCE Parent Education Community Assessment tool and complimentary resources. The Community Assessment tool will help counties identify and evaluate parenting needs at the community level allowing counties to best employ their resources to more effectively meet these needs. This tool will consist of four unique surveys for school professionals, parent educators, parents, and medical professionals. Results from these surveys will identify the areas of greatest need for CCE parent educators across New York State to focus subsequent parenting education efforts. While we have the initial framework of the tool, it still needs to be pilot tested. Once pilot tested, the results will be analyzed and the tool adjusted based on the findings. In addition, we plan to develop lesson plans based on the information most requested by the Department of Social Services (DSS) for parenting participants in Jefferson County. Pairing the two tasks together, parent educators will be able to first identify needs in their area and then respond to these needs using our created list of resources and topic-based lesson plans.

Roles and Responsibilities

The intern will pilot test the CCE Parent Education Community Assessment tool in Jefferson County. He/she will identify and recruit pilot participants for each of the four subgroups (i.e. school professionals, parent educators, parents, and medical professionals) and then distribute the survey to the pilot participants. Upon receiving results, the intern will recommend adjustments to strengthen the survey design before we distribute the tool statewide. In addition, the intern will specifically analyze the Jefferson County results and make recommendations to address any needs specific to Jefferson County. Lastly, the intern will continue a project from a previous intern to develop lesson plans using the parenting participant information most requested by the Department of Social Services (DSS) in Jefferson County.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CHE freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

The student is expected to be highly motivated, possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with minimal direct supervision. He/she must appreciate, understand, and adhere to strict confidentiality protocols. In addition, some working knowledge of Qualtrics is preferred.

Benefits and Skills

• Evaluate the effectiveness of qualitative and quantitative survey questions
• Recruit participants and pilot test surveys
• Analyze results and make recommendations to improve survey design
• Identify appropriate parenting resources for use in the CCE System
• Understand the connection between academic research, curricula development, and implementation and utilization in the field
• Demonstrate verbal communication skills by recruiting pilot study participants
• Demonstrate written communication skills by creating and improving survey questions