The quality improvement effort at Minnesota county fairs is part of an ongoing vision by Minnesota 4-H to ensure quality in all aspects of 4-H programming. Currently youth program quality observations are being conducted at monthly 4-H club meetings, federation/leader council meetings, afterschool programs, etc. In the summer of 2014, quality observations will also be conducted during conference judging at a minimum of 15-20 county fairs around the state.
Our objectives continue to be:
- Increase the quality of the conference judging experience for youth
- Increase judges skills in conducting a quality conference judging experience
- Improve the educational learning for 4-H youth at Minnesota county fairs
- Identify future training needs for judges
Observers can be EE's and/or PC's and must have completed quality coaches staff training. After observing a judge, the observer will:
- provide feedback to the observed judge in a short coaching session immediately following the observation
- record their scoring and anecdotal evidence on the 4-H PQA county fair conference judging observation tool and submit it to their Regional EE with the Quality Function.
The following 4-H PQA on a stick documents are now posted on the program quality website and will be used to guide our work before, during and after the county fairs:
- 2013 4-H PQA on a stick pilot report
- 4-H PQA on a stick program description
- 4-H PQA on a stick position description
- Selecting county fair judges to observe and coach
- 4-H PQA on a stick coaching tips
- 4-H PQA county fair conference judging observation tool
- June 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- July 10, 2:00-3:00 p.m.