The Big Reveal of Our New Strategy

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eXtension leaders were in St. Louis at the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) meeting this week where we unveiled our way forward. You can see the slides here

The first step was sharing our core belief—the one that makes sense of everything else:

We believe Cooperative Extension System professionals are catalysts for putting research-based knowledge into action. And, we believe eXtension can increase professionals’ ability to deliver a visible and measurable impact, locally, and system wide.  

What are we going to do?

  • We will increase Extension professionals’ effectiveness in addressing issues of importance.
  • We will foster innovation in developing solutions and methods of work.
  • We will advance the measurable impact of their work for the public good.

How will we do this?

With our i-Three Strategy focusing on Issues. Innovation. Impact.  We are putting this focus into action by creating three new features for eXtension:

  • i-Three Issue Corps—Led by Terry Meisenbach, these are the first 200 (and next year, 2000) Extension professionals we will work alongside to make short-term measurable impact on important issues. What we learn we will build into our services and tools to benefit the next 2000—and beyond.  Learn more about the Corps  and make nominations here
  • i-Three Innovation Lab—This is where we help some of the most creative thinkers and doers throughout Extension bring their ideas to life. Jerry Thomas, of Ohio State University leads this effort and will be coming out with a new call for proposals for innovation fellows and projects in January.
  • i-Three Rapid Solutions—Prototyping  and professional development for fast, effective impact is one of the ways we will work with the i-Three Corps. Craig Wood of the University of Kentucky leads this effort.

What does the new i-Three strategy mean for eXtension communities?

For communities of practice, learning networks, and user communities, it means they continue to be an integral part of eXtension. Not only will communities help create and assess a stronger tool set for serving the public, the i-Three strategy brings new opportunities. Communities can work with the i-Three Lab, be part of the i-Three Corps, develop i-Three Rapid Solutions and create professional development programs.

Join us! Tell us what you think about where we’re going by commenting on this post – and watch our tweets and blog for more announcements.