SARE Project Impacts: 2016-2023

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In 2023, the SARE National Reporting, Coordination, and Communications Office (NRCCO) contracted with Insight for Action to conduct a post-project evaluation of four of SARE's regional grant programs. The purpose of the evaluation was to characterize key impacts made by SARE’s grantmaking from 2016 through 2023. The evaluation employed the Success Case Method (SCM) to identify program impacts grounded in a theory- and practice-informed impact model.

For the post-project evaluation, the SCM entailed: 1) Developing an initial impact model based on a scan of web-based resources and SARE background materials, 17 Subject Matter Expert (SME) interviews, and review of a balanced sample of 120 grantee final reports, 2) a self-report survey to identify potential success cases, and 3) in-depth interviews to explore how SARE-funded activities contributed to longer-term achievements and impacts.

Due to the unique nature of the SARE Professional Development Program (PDP), it was not included in the SCM evaluation, but two success case studies were developed separately for this program and are included here.

The final case study corpus included 23 success cases that are available below.

Case Studies of SARE Grant Impacts

The case studies are organized here by grant program. For each grant, the state and region are listed beside the project title. Following the list is a map that shows where each project took place.

Research and Education Grants

Farmer/Rancher Grants

Partnership Grants

Graduate Student Grants

Professional Development Program Grants

Grant Projects by Location

Click an icon to access the project reports associated with each grant that was included in this impact assessment. PDP grants are not included on the map.

Note: The case study for the North Central SARE Graduate Student project Development of Breeding Lines and Molecular Tools for Selection of Grapevines with Altered Canopy Dynamics via Dissected Foliar Morphology is not available at this time.