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Master of Science (MS)




Gilbert L. Long


The purpose of this study was to determine the consistency with which Extension workers in Utah interpret data elements for reporting Extension activities into State Extension Management Information System (SEMIS). Subsequent insight into the areas of greatest inconsistencies and in-service training needs were gained. Extension workers in Utah were asked to report a predetermined list of hypothetical activities on the SEMIS weekly report form. These together with other report forms of previously submitted reports of common activities were studied in detail. It was found that the consistency for various activities reported ranged from 53 percent to 96 percent. It was also found that there were certain types of activities that were more often inconsistently reported than others. It was concluded that in-service training was needed to improve the consistency with which Utah Extension workers reported their weekly activities into SEMIS.

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