February 2019 News Roundup

eXtension’s Impact Collaborative can bring its Innovation Skill-Building Experience to your state or institution. We work with our members on designing an event contextualized for their needs and focused on their goals. Learn more about our State and Institutional Events here

Upcoming Member Events

Impact Collaborative Summit, April 2019: 

We are pleased to announce that the registration for our first of two national Impact Collaborative Summits is now open. The Spring Impact Collaborative Summit is from April 30th – May 2nd, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is available hereEach of our member Directors & Administrators have been provided a promo code to receive 5 free registrations to the Summit to send a project or program team. A registration fee will apply for additional teams. 

The Impact Collaborative Summit brings unique opportunities to create impactful results at the local level by increasing Cooperative Extension’s organizational readiness and capacity for innovation and change. We help connect project and program teams with skills, tools, resources and partners that can expand and deepen their impact in a continuing partnership with the Impact Collaborative. You can hear what some of our participants had to say about our October 2018 Impact Collaborative Summit here.

The registration deadline is April 7th and space is limited; we encourage you to have your team register as soon as possible.

More information about the Impact Collaborative Summit, registration, and hotel booking can be found here.

Engaged Program Development Approaches for Cooperative Extension Webinar

When?

March 20th, 2019 at 2 PM EDT

Who can attend?

This webinar is part of eXtension’s Engage & Empower Online and is available to eXtension Members through the Impact Collaborative.

Description

We talk about engagement, but what does it mean when we think about how we conduct our work in Extension? How should we approach program planning in an engaged manner? Who should we include in our work? And how does our work change? During this interactive session we will explore answers to these questions based on ongoing research and experiences in this area.

Presenter

Karen Vines
Assistant Professor
Continuing Professional Education Specialist
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Registration Information

Registration information will be sent to eXtension members.

News from eXtension

18 More Cooperative Extension professionals to join the Impact Collaborative as Innovation Facilitators to advance program impact

In January, 2019, 41 Cooperative Extension professionals representing 28 institutions attended eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training in Atlanta, GA, and completed initial learning and application of the Impact Collaborative methodology.

To accommodate our members that were unable to attend the January training session, we are hosting a second Innovation Facilitator training in March. 18 new Innovation Facilitators will join us at the session, representing 11 institutions that were not represented in January. The skills learned at this training help these Innovation Facilitators lead innovation skill-building experiences at state or institutional events and at the national Impact Collaborative Summits.

View Results from the January Training

eXtension Launches Redesigned Website

eXtension has launched a redesigned version of its website. The new design provides greater clarity to the mission of eXtension, its flagship program – the Impact Collaborative, and other national and supporting resources.

With user experience as a primary goal, the new design allows for users to quickly access information and see the most up-to-date content on how eXtension is helping Extension professionals’ effectiveness in addressing issues of importance to the nation.

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Engage & Empower Online 

eXtension has created a new online platform for members designed to collectively drive innovation and action toward meaningful impacts. Engage & Empower Online allows the Impact Collaborative to connect with its Innovation Facilitators, Key Informants, partners, and project/program teams across the nation to help drive collective impact.Engage & Empower Online is hosted on the LumApps platform, a Google-endorsed intranet/extranet solution. Innovation Facilitators and Impact Collaborative project/program teams will be provided access to the platform shortly.

Online Innovation Skill-Building Experience

eXtension has developed an online version of the Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building Experience. This new on-demand resource will enable fast delivery of the Impact Collaborative Innovation Skill-Building process to support teams and help track their progress.

This resource also provides our Innovation Facilitators with a tool to guide project and program teams back in their states and institutions, to ultimately help with program impact.

EventMobi Extends Discount to eXtension Members 

To assist our members with their own events, we have partnered with EventMobi, an Event Registration and experience application, to offer an exclusive discount for eXtension Members.EventMobi provides an award-winning event app, which allows you to distribute your event content, engage and communicate with your audience, and transition away from paper reliance at your meetings & events.

As per the EventMobi 2019 price list here, eXtension Foundation member organizations will qualify for 15% off any of the following packages and enhancements until March 1/2020.

● Pro 500, Pro Unlimited, Max Package
● Sponsor & Exhibitor Promotion
● Live Polling & in-app Q&A

To take advantage of this offer, please send an email to sales@eventmobi.com and mention “EventMobi – eXtension Foundation Member Discount” to their team.

Customer Relationship Management Webinar

Our eXtension funded fellow, Stephen Judd, hosted a webinar on Customer Relationship Management. Customer relationship management (CRM) systems are a tool widely used by companies to track their interactions with customers and partners. CRM is also being used by Extension systems to keep track of their interactions with people, though the preferred term for the “C” in CRM may be clientele or contact.

The webinar provided an overview of what CRM is, what features are most relevant to Extension, and how using it can help Extension systems maintain their clientele relationships. If you didn’t get a chance to view the webinar, you can access it through the link below.

Upcoming Webinars

Check out all upcoming professional development events listed on learn.extension.org

  • The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Hospitals March 12th, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Getting Started With Quality Hay & Pasture, March 13th, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT. Learn More or Register
  • Producing & Using Black Soldier Fly Larva in Small Poultry Flocks March 22th, 2019 at 3 PM EDTLearn More or Register