We empower Extension professionals with the proven process, mindset, and skillset to amplify their local impact.

designathonProven Process

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, engaging, and empowering.

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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 visible, measurable, and impactful means to you. Three new cohorts are planned for 2017-18.

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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.

Recent fellows have explored topics such as the Maker Movement, Internet of Things, citizen science, networked knowledge, data visualization, and qualitative data analysis.

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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Local Impact

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 blog.