Positioning County and ISU Resources Via Electronic Technology

October - December 2002

Jerry W. Long , Cedar County Extension Education Director

Situation

More and more family households have purchased computers and use them for information sources over the Internet. Our extension clientele have expressed a desire to have local information available on a Web site that is easy to use. With over 180 families in the 4-H youth program, youth organization information is most requested. In addition, county clientele are interested in extension events and news items from their local extension office. A need was expressed by our clients for a local bulletin posting board.

Response

The Cedar county extension education director, Jerry Long, met in one-on-one discussions to determine clientele needs for computer information needs that extension can provide. News media were alerted to the availability of the extension news on the Web page titled, “E-News”. The monthly 4-H newsletter was added to the Web site. The newsletter is the most popular downloaded file along with the “This and That Financial” newsletter developed by the families specialists. All of the county 4-H clubs have a separate Web page to add local information to. In addition to the “want” of information, has been the posting of forms such as fair project entries and scholarship forms. Fair enrollment over the Web, as well as a need for the county fair schedule and information was requested. Several search engine opportunities are posted on the site to assist clients with information. The council is very supportive of the Web site for Cedar County .

Impact

No doubt that we are in the technology period with the use of a county Web page and extension information serving as a source for many families. The traffic for Web hits and visits have tripled over last year. The number of files downloaded indicates that information is being utilized as presented in electronic form. In a recent month there were over 13,000 hits with 9,797 visits. The average number of visits had increased from 38 per day to 79 per day in just one year. An increase in repetitive Web site visits seemingly indicate a high level of satisfaction. Client comments are very positive to the level of dedication of visiting the Web site for a source of information. One person had commented “…that there is so much on this site that they will never get through it all”.

 

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