Evaluation 2020

Assessing what program process factors influence quality of life of farmers with disabilities—A qualitative approach. American Evaluation Association Conference 

10-26-2020 12:00

This qualitative evaluation of a national federally funded project aims to examine program process factors that facilitate quality of life impact on farmers with disabilities. Through education, networking and direct services like assistive technology, modifications (home, farm, equipment), the project aims to promote independence in farmers with disabilities, including veterans, and to preserve their livelihoods in agriculture. Phone interviews were conducted with farmers having disabilities, who were past clients of project. Key programmatic factors include comprehensive farm assessments and recommendations; dollar value of equipment or services received from the project or Vocational Rehabilitation; ongoing and trusting relationship with project staff; and in-house expertise or quality referrals (assistive technology, occupational therapy). Key quality of life impact included an increased ability to continue farming; increased farm productivity; improved financial status (depended on their retirement goal and health status); and improved health status (less stress, less pain, prevention of secondary injuries).

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10-30-2020 14:27

Great topic; illuminating a hidden population. Great job.

10-29-2020 16:19

I found this fascinating, because of lived experiences farming as a child with my blind father! Thank you!

10-28-2020 14:46

Fascinating study -- appreciated hearing the voices of the subjects.