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  1. “Armchair Travel” Presents A New WORLD Discovered: Overview of the 4-H Programs of Distinction Submission Process

  2. Your Travel Agents Todayfrom National 4-H Headquarters, CSREES, USDA Shannon Bedo Program Specialist, Youth Development Suzanne Le Menestrel National Program Leader, Youth Development Research

  3. Where Are We Going? • Overview of Programs of Distinction • Benefits • Submission Process • Questions and Answers

  4. Sit Back in Your Seats Programs of Distinction are: Peer-reviewed program descriptions that reflect the high quality of 4-H youth development programs around the country

  5. Get Ready for Take Off: Definition of a Program: “An organized, purposeful set of activities designed to achieve positive youth development outcomes.”

  6. Programs of Distinction Must: • Exhibit strong program development characteristics • Contribute to the body of knowledge about youth development • Convey new ideas, materials, or innovative methods • Demonstrate evidence of effectiveness

  7. Why 4-H Programs of Distinction? • Designed to help 4-H professionals to: • communicate the high quality of 4-H youth development programs • assist others in improving their practices in positive youth development • better understand and promote the nature of scholarship in their work • submit program outcomes through a peer-evaluated format • Tell the story of 4-H

  8. Benefits to Submitters • National recognition • Eligibility for seminar or poster presentation at NAE4-HA • Eligibility for the Annie E. Casey Foundation Families Count Family Strengthening Awards • Detailed feedback provided by peers • Opportunity for program improvement and enhancing communication skills • Wonderful addition to professional file or resume • Ability to generate reports for local and state funders and policy makers

  9. How Do We Get There? Submission Process Step 1: Download submission form and guidelines from the National 4-H Headquarters site: • Example programs • Link to Annie E. Casey Family Strengthening Awards

  10. How Do We Get There? Continued Step 2: Submitted directly to National 4-H Headquarters from the author or by recommendation from a State 4-H Program Leader • Manuscripts are accepted on a continuous basis • All manuscripts submitted electronically using the Programs of Distinction submission form available online.

  11. How Do We Get There? Continued Step 3: Submitters receive a “receipt” e-mail acknowledging that the manuscript was received (state leader will be copied) Step 4: Identifying information (e.g., city, state, names) is removed from the manuscript in order to ensure a blind review Step 5: The “blind” manuscript is sent to three reviewers with experience in the selected category(ies)

  12. How Do We Get There? Continued Step 6: Reviewers are asked to complete their reviews within two weeks Step 7: Submitters receive reviewer comments and notification of the status of their submission within four weeks from the date the manuscript was received

  13. The Road Map Submitter emails manuscript to National 4-H Headquarters at any time Headquarters creates a “blind” version, sends to 3 reviewers Reviewers have 2 weeks to return review to Headquarters Returned to submitter for edits or a re-submission, if needed Submission is rejected as a Program of Distinction Designation as a Program of Distinction!

  14. Overview of Scoring Process 75 content points + 25 readability points ------------------------------------------------------------ = 100 possible points

  15. Easy as 1,2,3 . . . Or 4,5 • Scoring rubric lists each objective – matches with submission form • 1-5 Criteria rating scale with descriptions • Comments help submitters know how to correct their manuscripts.

  16. Final recommendation: • Publish as a designated POD • Publish as a designated POD with minor revisions • Ask submitter to revise and resubmit – needs major revisions • Reject as POD

  17. Destination: Database

  18. Travel Tips • Reviewers are looking for something original • Example: serves a unique audience • Find something unique about your program • Share your draft with colleagues first for a fresh pair of eyes • Keep your state leader in the loop! • Please keep open communication with us! • Look at POD’s already on the website.

  19. Practice Makes Perfect • Working Through the Scoring Rubric

  20. THANK YOU Thank you for participating in the Programs of Distinction training!

  21. Contact Information • Suzanne Le Menestrel 202-720-2297 • Shannon Bedo 202-720-2088 • General Programs of Distinction E-Mail: