Engaging Communities in Six Ways


ImageCreative Commons CC0 https://pixabay.com/en/social-networks-faces-photo-album-912808/Our new strategy provides many opportunities for communities to participate in projects that lead to impact and potentially different forms of funding. We are contacting each community to make them aware of our new strategies and to invite their participation.

Over 80% of eXtension’s current communities align with the issues of Climate and Food Systems which opens new doors for community members to nominate peers or themselves to actively engage and participate in the first i-Three Corps. Nominations for participation in the 2016 i-Three Corps are being accepted now until November 6, 2015. Participation in the i-Three Corps is not funded. However, if you are a member of the i-Three Corps, your travel costs will be paid to design your solution during our Design-a-Thon March 22-25, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.

Additional funding opportunities for participating communities may also be built around the i-Three Rapid Solutions as well as a new call for a more Innovation Projects planned for January.

Our plans with communities include the following:

  1. Develop and implement plans for each community moving forward based on the new eXtension direction by March 2016. This can include volunteer and potentially paid participation in the i-Three Strategy consisting of Labs, Corps, and Rapid Solutions.
  2. Develop a new strategic communication plan with each community by March 2016.
  3. Define and implement updated impact assessment for communities incorporating the new eXtension strategy by March 2016.
  4. Develop a community quick start instructional resource to launch and onboard new communities by May 2016 and offer live instruction certain times per year.
  5. Develop and implement ADA and copyright compliance procedures, including annual audit procedures, and instruction for existing and new content so that all content is compliant by September 1, 2016.
  6. Conduct an assessment of community reach among underserved populations by February 1, 2016.

These are exciting times for Cooperative Extension and the new strategies of eXtension will provide targeted approaches to community efforts that will rely on all the lessons learned from communities in the tenure of eXtension.