Using standardized evaluation metrics to demonstrate collective statewide impacts of diverse water conservation programming

Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Laura A. Warner, Tatiana Borisova, Michael D. Dukes, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, Amy Harder, Wendy Wilber

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Abstract

Although the diversity of Florida Cooperative Extension landscape water conservation programs creates evaluation challenges, it is possible to measure their impacts as a whole. We conducted pilot testing of a statewide evaluation strategy and identified behavior changes resulting in an average monthly water savings of 3,257 gal and utility bill savings of $10.78 per participant. Here we explain the approach we used, providing details about underlying research on water conservation practices and technologies, standardized metrics for demonstrating environmental and economic impacts of behavior/technology adoption, and reporting tools. A focus on statewide impacts based on standardized metrics can be extremely valuable to U.S. Extension professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume55
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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