Member and volunteer data from the 4-H Plus and 4-H Online enrollment are now available for review at the county and state level on the Minnesota 4-H Enrollment Data Tool designed by Robert Neff from Cornell University. Margo Bowerman, YD Educator in the northwest region, connected Minnesota 4-H to Robert and he graciously agreed to upload Minnesota data. The database has launched with 2007-2011 data, and more recent data will be added this fall. You can find it on the internal program evaluation website at: Minnesota 4-H Enrollment Data Tool.
How to use it
State-wide: The database can be used to understand and track annual trends in the youth member and adult volunteer enrollment at the state level. The youth data can be reviewed and compared by grade and school level, demographics, and retention from year to year. The adult volunteer data can be reviewed and compared by type of volunteer, place of residence, and retention from year to year.
County-wide: The data tool also shows trends in youth enrollment for each grade within each program year. Youth and volunteer gender, race and ethnicity can be compared each year with the state-level data. Retention (dropout rates) can be compared across program years.
Ideas for regional and county teams
This database can help teams to better understand enrollment trends and patterns at the county level and compare these local trends to other counties and the state as a whole. Teams can also set goals based on the information provided related to reaching new audiences of youth and volunteers, and retaining youth and volunteers from year to year.
We want to hear from you! Let us know how you are using this information on your own and with teams. If you have questions or comments, please contact Pam Larson Nippolt at 612-624-8445 or email@example.com, Sherry Boyce at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sam Grant at email@example.com.
Evaluation and research specialist