Impact Collaborative

Impact Collaborative The Impact Collaborative (IC) incubates innovative ideas and accelerates their development as projects for measurable local impact. Check out the results to date…

Extension professionals at member institutions are eligible to form teams, especially ones that include community partners, around an idea that will make a difference for the people they serve. Apply for the 2018 Impact Collaborative…

diversity & inclusion issue corps designathon december 2016Why Did eXtension Create the Impact Collaborative?

We believe:

  • The Cooperative Extension System (CES) is a valuable resource for addressing complex issues. There is a sense of urgency in CES to increase measurable local impact and find new partnerships and solutions.
  • eXtension increases the efficiency of CES in creating partnerships, professional development, and adopting successful practices by providing a supportive “innovation sandbox” for extension professionals.
  • Co-Innovative processes engage partners to build capacity. This is a catalyst for attracting additional solution partners and creating a positive feedback loop for measurable local impact.

In 2018, IC cohorts are being formed around the topics of Food Systems, Behavioral Health, and Diversity & Inclusion View the request for applications (RFAs) at the 2018 Impact Collaborative site. One “open” IC is also being supported for extension professionals outside of those program areas. These topics were chosen with the help of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), Directors and Administrators throughout the Cooperative Extension System, and USDA-NIFA.

two people talking about their concept mapPriority topics for regions and multi-state collaboration can be addressed as sub-themes or as region-specific cohorts. Fund development is underway to leverage the investment of member institutions and increase the visibility of CES among those we serve. The IC is only open to extension professionals at eXtension member institutions and their community partners.

The Impact Collaborative Process

The IC is constructed around six phases. Each phase is designed with tested tools and approaches and with a design team that includes potential participants and stakeholders. They are woven together to create a systematic and repeatable process for efficiently getting innovative and impactful ideas off the ground.

  1. Commit – Apply to the IC or register for a Designathon One event (contact Ashley Griffin for application information or a list of upcoming events)
  2. Designathon One
  3. Virtual Bridge
  4. Designathon Two
  5. Post-Work (coming soon!)
  6. Next Event (coming soon!)

the six phases of the impact collaborative process

Impact Collaborative Background

Since early 2016, eXtension has successfully engaged hundreds of extension professionals in the development of impactful projects addressing topics such as local food systems, climate, small business development, enhancing rural capacity, equine biosecurity, financial management, backyard poultry, women in agriculture and diversity and inclusion. These efforts were part of the eXtension Issue Corps program.  In 2017, the eXtension Foundation rebranded the Issue Corps as the Impact Collaborative.

Past Impact Collaborative Cohorts

Check out some of the results and also success stories about Impact Collaborative projects.