Planning, Evaluation and Reporting

Planning is critical in designing and implementing extension programs that demonstrate community input, clear and relevant objectives, effective and efficient use of resources and activities, targeted audiences, and outcomes that result in social impacts. 

Evaluation adds to our scholarly work of learning what helps us improve programs and document the net social value of the program. 

Reporting communicates plans and logic models, progress, outputs and outcomes and lessons learned.



Evaluation Expedition is a free D2L online course with 11 modules that cover a wide variety of program evaluation topics. 

Other evaluation resources are available here


Dr. Chelsea Hetherington, Evaluation Specialist. 


Planning and Reporting

Reporting and Planning Systems

PEARS: MSU Extension began using PEARS for reporting in January of 2020. PEARS is used to develop action plans and professional development plans for the year. It is also used to keep track of educational events (program activities), indirect activities, partnerships, coalitions, success stories, direct contacts, and more. 

Requesting a PEARS account

PEARS support

SUPER: Those in supervisory roles use the SUPER system for planning and reporting. SUPER is a secure data entry system for planning and reporting used by Extension academic staff that supervise other Extension staff. SUPER is designed for Supervising Educators, District Coordinators, and Extension Leadership (i.e., Director's Office, Institute Directors, Associate Institute Directors). 

SUPER Planning and Reporting Topics 

SUPER Plan of Work Instructions


Norma Lundeen, Planning and Reporting Project Manager