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.
The Impact Collaborative incubates innovative ideas and accelerates their development as projects for measurable local impact. 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.
How Can Members Use Their Impact Collaborative Benefit?
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.
Task your strategic action teams and program leaders to bring their initiatives to the IC process. Encourage your faculty, staff, agents, and educators in all program areas to innovate solutions for emerging topics, trends or action areas by applying to the Impact Collaborative. Throughout the entire Impact Collaborative Process, participants have access to exclusive coaching, toolkits, and skill-building opportunities.
Host a tailored Designathon One workshop or Innovation Kit Workshop. Designathon One (D1) builds ideation skills and results in new ways of working and new processes for building impactful programs engaging community partners. A local design team works with the Impact Collaborative team to ensure the event is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Hosting a local event maximizes precious travel budgets and time to focus on planning and collaborating.
Your membership dollars fund our capacity to offer this unique and innovative experience to your faculty, staff, educators, and agents. To find out more about hosting one of these events, contact Ashley Griffin.
Scale up quickly across your state with trained facilitators. We will train professionals you select to be eXtension Impact Collaborative Facilitators to offer IC events in your state and beyond. 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. To find out more about when the next facilitator training will be held, contact Molly Immendorf.
Join us at the Impact Collaborative Summit. The Impact Collaborative Summit is a three-day event available to all member institutions and includes an Innovation Kit Workshop, Designathon One, and Designathon Two. This years’ summit will be in Indianapolis, IN, from October 16-18, 2018. Directors and Administrators from all member institutions will receive an invitation for the Summit. For more information, please contact Terry Meisenbach.
National Delivery Infrastructure
Basic and Premium Members receive
- Early, and sometimes exclusive, access to special initiatives such as the Horizon Report. More on special initiatives…
- 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…
- Access to Ask an Expert, listing webinars on Learn, and
- Standard letters of acknowledgment that can be downloaded and printed for anyone submitting grant proposals to USDA AFRI or other programs.
Special Initiative: Evidence Base for Innovation
The 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 a recent proof of concept…
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 email@example.com
June 2018. Subject to change.