We empower Extension professionals with the proven process, mindset, and skillset to amplify their local impact.
The flagship program for eXtension is the Impact Collaborative. It started in 2015 as the Issue Corps program. The process includes design thinking, key informant expertise, evidence-based practice, and dynamic synergy. Results to date show we are:
- Catalytic. 83% were exposed to new or different ideas and/or viewpoints. 50% gained significant new ideas that moved their projects forward.
- Engaging. 82% interacted with other Extension professionals outside their normal professional circle.
- Empowering. 68% feel they can influence either their institution and/or their professional field in new ways after participating in the Impact Collaborative.
Extension professionals are working differently because of their Impact Collaborative participation. Join us on a transformative journey from inspiration to impact, and discover what being more measurable, visible and innovative means to you. Several new cohorts are planned for 2018.
“I really liked having the key informants – it gave us focused time to engage and get specific questions answered.”
See who has participated in the program: 2016 Food & Climate | 2016-17 Communities of Practice | 2017 Diversity & Inclusion
eXtension sponsors fellowships and innovation projects to increase knowledge and explore pathways for Cooperative Extension professionals to innovate their programming.
Several fellows have worked with partner organizations. These include Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP), and Digital Green. These fellows are exploring methods to link research and Extension information in open, accessible ways, evaluation of Extension programming, and the applicability of a successful Extension model used in Asia and Africa to U.S. programs.
Through efforts such as the Horizon Report: Cooperative Extension Edition, we are highlighting emerging trends, technologies, and tools.
eXtension hosts Zoom webinars for professionals from member institutions. eXtension also produces webinars in addition to hosting them. Of those produced by eXtension:
- 99% of participants indicated that they gained at least some information they could use right away
- 57% indicated they gained a moderate amount or a lot of information they could use right away
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Extension professionals are making a difference in their local communities because of their connection with eXtension. Take a look at some of the successes in these regions:
You can read more about their successes on the extension.org blog.