eXtension Metrics Shared at 2012 NEDA Meeting

Jimmy Henning, Director of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Chair of the eXtension Governing Committee, presented information regarding new eXtension metrics at the recent National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meeting. Using interactive clicker technology, Jimmy asked colleagues to rank the importance of the metrics related to the value of eXtension in their state or area.

Ask an Expert questions answered by in-state experts
o 63% considered this important, 7% were neutral in their opinion, 30% considered this unimportant

Ask an Expert questions answered by out-of-state experts
o 62% considered this important, 21% were neutral in their opinion, 17% considered this unimportant

Gaps in disciplinary expertise filled by eXtension Communities of Practice
o 74% considered this important, 8% were neutral, 18% considered this unimportant

Quantification of NIFA grants with eXtension as part of integrated proposal
o 61% considered this important, 9% were neutral in their opinion, 30% considered this as unimportant

Gain in knowledge facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 75% considered this important, 13% were neutral in their opinion, 11% considered this as unimportant

Change in behavior facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 79% considered this important, 5% were neutral in their opinion, 16% considered this as unimportant

Impacts facilitated by eXtension products, teams or Communities of Practice
o 79% considered this important, 5% were neutral in their opinion, 17% considered this as unimportant

Quantification of usage of professional development sessions facilitated by eXtension
o 76% considered this important, 4% were neutral in their opinion, 20% considered this as unimportant

Number of courses, guests and views of online courses delivered by eXtension (Moodle)
o 68% considered this important, 8% were neutral in their opinion, 25% considered this as unimportant

Documented expansion of reach of Communities of Practice by Social Media support of eXtension
o 60% considered this important, 16% were neutral in their opinion, 25% considered this as unimportant

How eXtension.org increases the discoverability of LGU websites
o 81% considered this important, 4% were neutral in their opinion, 16% considered this as unimportant

Contributions to eXtension (Communities of Practice, FAQs, AaE) are valued and rewarded at my institution
o 42% considered this important, 21% were neutral in their opinion, 36% considered this as unimportant

The information will be used to help impact efforts and strategies moving forward with regard to the collection and presentation of metric reports and implementation of state and local value programming..