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Humane Society University

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by Humane Society University
Humane Society University provides training and education to animal advocates to teach skills that can help maximize their ability to help animals. They currently offer several instructor-led and self-paced courses relating to research, including "Measuring Effectiveness," "Better Information for Better Decisions: Statistics, Surveys and Scorecards," and "Building an Effective Campaign: Research and Planning."

National Animal Health Monitoring & Surveillance: Beef Cow-Calf Studies

by U.S. Department of Agriculture
A compilation of beef, cow, and calf reports and studies focusing on the industry and related animal health topics, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

2007 Census of Agriculture

by United States Department of Agriculture
According to this 2007 census (conducted every five years), the total number of farms has increased recently, going from 2.13 million in 2002 to 2.21 million farms in 2007. Compared with all farms nationwide, these new farms tend to be more diverse with fewer acres, lower sales, and younger operators who also work off the farm. This census also provides agricultural statistics for every U.S. county and state.

Hunting Statistics and Economics

by United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation every five years. The questions are developed in concert with technical committee members from each U.S. state and with representatives of nongovernmental organizations. The questions address the number of people engaged in hunting, the types of animals involved, the hunting/trapping methods employed, and related expenditures. In additional to the national report, 50 separate state-specific reports are also available.

Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide

by The Communications Network
This guide helps foundation and nonprofit communicators determine whether or not their communications are effective, what is being achieved, and if any course corrections are necessary to improve the effectiveness of communications. The guide points out that evaluation need not be limited to large-scale campaigns or major outreach activities, but should also conducted for efforts to raise awareness of an organization or an issue. And once an evaluation is underway, the guide suggests that findings be shared with those who may benefit from what is learned, such as team members, the board, colleagues, and peers.

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