For faculty and staff

Program development tools

Program development is a cycle that includes clear situational analysis (including the engagement of learners and market analysis) to

  • identify learning need(s);
  • identify intended outcomes;
  • determine appropriate evidence-based and research-based sources of information to address the issues;
  • develop resources and activities that program theory suggests will lead to the outcomes;
  • conduct the program; and
  • evaluate to understand the program’s effectiveness and results.

All MU Extension programs follow this basic program development theory and use the Program Logic Model.

One aspect of the situational analysis is the engagement of stakeholders, which includes interaction with MU Extension’s county councils. MU Extension conducts an annual county program input process with each extension council that is one source to inform our local, regional and state programs. Other methods used include analysis of environmental scans, review of the research and societal trends, engagement with partners, review of program evaluations and impacts, and a market analysis.