Date of Award
Master of Science
Robert S. Dotson
C.E. Carter Jr, Frank F. Bell
The primary purpose of this study was to establish a benchmark regarding how Tennessee County Extension personnel spent their time in FY 1970 and 1971 on district and state levels. It also was purposed to determine how Tennessee Extension personnel had planned their time in FY 1971 on the state level and to summarize the projected allocation of Extension time on the state level through FY 1975.
Specific objectives of the study were: (1) to determine the numbers and percents of man-days planned for work related to elements, purposes, subjects, and audiences at district and state levels in FY 1971; (2) to determine the numbers and percents of man-days and contacts, and the numbers of contacts per man-day made on work related to elements, purposes, subjects, and audiences at district and state levels in FY 1970 and FY 1971; (3) to compare the numbers and percents of man-days planned for FY 1971 and time and contacts spent on work related to elements, purposes, subjects, and audiences at district and state levels in FY 1970 and 1971; and (4) to determine how Extension time was planned to be allocated through FY 1975 by elements and purposes, for the entire State of Tennessee.
In the first part of the study, planned and expended planned time totals of all personnel were analyzed using the national Extension Management Information System - State Extension Management Information System (EMIS - SEMIS) elements for FY 1971.
It was found that there were wide variations between time planned to be spent and actual time expended.
Extension personnel in Tennessee tended to underplan in every area except "Forestry Production and Marketing" in which over-planning occurred. Also, spent time in FY 1970 and 1971 was considered. Large increases in time and contact expenditure were noted from FY 1970 to 1971.
Information on planned and expended time was retrieved through TEMIS which was operationalized state wide in part on July 1, 1969.
In the second part of the study, subject code groupings were considered on the district and state level for FY 1970 and 1971. Significant time and contact changes were noted on district and state levels. Also, comparative information on district expenditures was recorded for FY 1971.
The third part of the study considered audience grouping areas on the district and state level in FY 1970 and 1971. Significant shifts in time expenditures and contacts made on the state total level between FY 1970 and 1971 were noted. Comparative information was presented for Extension supervisory staff for FY 1971.
It was recommended that study findings be used by Administrators and Supervisors to enhance future program planning and evaluation. Recommendations for further study were included.
McBroom, Charles Thomas, "A benchmark analysis of selected state and district data from the Tennessee Extension Management Information System. (TEMIS), fiscal years 1970 and 1971. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 1972.