eXtension Benefits: Roles, Services and Tools for Every Extension Professional

Serving Cooperative Extension Professionals

Our flagship program, the Impact Collaborative is the main vehicle through which eXtension serves the Cooperative Extension System. eXtension Foundation also provides a national delivery infrastructure for the system.

Impact Collaborative

The eXtension Foundation, working in partnership with Cooperative Extension nationwide, is looking to catalyze next-level Extension programs and professionals through the Impact Collaborative. The IC process empowers extension professionals to tackle wicked challenges by “thinking differently”, taking risks, designing for impact, and increasing the visibility of their work. Participants gain a network, solutions, and a proven process that can be utilized within Cooperative Extension, local communities and with allied partners and organizations. Check out the results to date.

In 2017-2018, Collaboratives are being formed around the topics of Food Systems, Behavioral Health, and Diversity & Inclusion. It is our goal to work with 15-35 professionals at every member institution through the Impact Collaborative.

How Can Members Use Their Impact Collaborative Benefit?

Task your strategic action teams and program leaders to bring their initiatives to the Impact Collaborative process. Use the Impact Collaborative to bring your faculty, staff, agents and educators in all program areas to investigate emerging topics, trends or action areas. This experience is only available to members (basic and premium) of eXtension and it can include community partners you want to bring to the table with your teams.

  1. Designathon One builds ideation skills and results in new ways of working and new processes for building impactful programs engaging community partners.
  2. Designathon Two opens up project and program designs to new possibilities, new resources, and new partners. Throughout the Impact Collaborative process, your faculty, staff, educators, and agents will test their assumptions with data and fast iterations demonstrating the promise of local impact when fully implemented.
  3. Before, during and after Designathon One and Two participants access exclusive coaching, toolkits and skill-building opportunities.

Save money by hosting locally. Your membership dollars fund our capacity to offer this unique and innovative experience to your faculty, staff, educators, and agents. Premium members save 30% on registration fees compared to basic members and premium members can co-host a Designathon One event at your institution to save even more on travel costs.

Scale up quickly across your state with trained facilitators. We will train professionals you select to be eXtension Impact Collaborative Facilitators to offer Designathon One events in your state and beyond. This is the first step in the Impact Collaborative process – the ideation phase. You can spread it faster and provide greater customization to your own local facilitators. Only premium members can have eXtension Impact Collaborative Designathon One Facilitators trained by us and engaged in our national network with exclusive resources and professional development.


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National Delivery Infrastructure

Basic and Premium Members receive

  • Premium members have access to our Zoom Webinar room. In the past year, eXtension hosted 120 webinars with our University partners and faculty with 3,460 total attendees. Learn more about the Zoom webinar benefit…
  • early, and sometimes exclusive, access to special initiatives such as the Horizon Report. More on special initiatives…

In addition, Premium Members receive

  • the ability to deliver online courses through our Campus (Moodle) learning management platform, which has been enhanced with competency-based tracking, reporting, and the ability to charge for program offerings. There presently are 425 courses available on this site representing the work of 34 member institutions and 407 professionals.

Learn more about our national delivery infrastructure…

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Special Initiative: Evidence Base for Innovation

Woman thinking about a networkThe eXtension Foundation is working with several partners on a demonstration project for creating a “knowledge network” for Cooperative Extension that will not require any changes to existing institutional technology infrastructure. The goal is to bring together the collective knowledge of Extension to accelerate adoption of new practices and “shovel-ready” programs. Learn more about the knowledge network and proof of concept expected in late 2017…

One of the resources to be mined in the knowledge network project is articles.extension.org This knowledge base was created by the communities affiliated with the eXtension Foundation and represents a collaborative effort to curate research-based information on 70 different resource areas. To date, 11,880 pages have been published. The site is viewed by more than 125,000 users each week.

Empowering Extension professionals to innovate and inspiring new ways of working are critical to the future of Extension. The Horizon Report 2016-2021: Cooperative Extension Edition was led by the eXtension Foundation and included the input of a national panel of 50 experts. The report and its accompanying web page identify examples to relate these innovative trends and topics to the work done by Extension professionals. Other examples include the upcoming Special Issue of the Journal of Extension on Innovation, which is sponsored by the eXtension Foundation, the Ed Tech Learning Network, and invited posts on the extension.org blog.

How Do I Learn More?

Is my institution a member of the eXtension Foundation?

The list of member institutions is reviewed and updated regularly and as new institutions choose to become members. Membership is renewed annually. If your institution is not listed as a basic or premium member, then they have chosen not to be a member at this time.

To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of the eXtension Foundation or to find out how you can better use your membership benefits, contact Chief Operating Officer Beverly Coberly at beverlycoberly@extension.org

September 2017. Subject to change.