The Impact Collaborative Experience

What makes the Impact Collaborative unique?

The Impact Collaborative is a professional development experience for Cooperative Extension professionals. It provides learning opportunities geared towards innovation while bringing strategic support and new capacity to the System.  These experiences are enhanced with the help of external partners and supporting organizations.  Working together, we find new ways to generate visible and measurable local impact.

Our six-phase process draws from a variety of methodologies and practices that are contextualized for Extension professionals.  This process appears below for you to learn more.

The Process



Learn more about the Impact Collaborative process and what it can do for your ideas and programs. With you, we will evaluate your institutions’ goals, project teams, and priority task forces to understand where they are in their development.  This informs how we can best provide support to you in taking the next step.


The Impact Collaborative conducts skill-building events that help participants turn an innovative idea into a compelling project and can catalyze key stakeholders and strategic partners. When participants leave this event, they will have designed an innovation process and the tools to get ideas off the ground. Recognizing that each member institution has different needs and desired outcomes, we work with institutions to determine effective ways to deliver these events to accomplish their goals.

Additionally, we offer Facilitator Training & Development that invites all members to send individuals to be trained in our innovation process. A trained Innovation Facilitator is prepared to return to their institutions and use the skills and tools they acquired to help their peers find ways to move from the status quo towards a breakthrough innovation.


The Impact Collaborative Summit helps participants create project roadmaps that are informed by community, expertise, external partners/supporting organizations, and networks. The Summit also helps participants mobilize collective and innovative actions within their community to achieve project implementation.

Engage & Empower

Teams’ visions grow into innovative and deeply engaged projects that are reinforced with curated content, stakeholder commitment, and strong community engagement.


Every Impact Collaborative team that implements their project will have a story to tell. We use our experience working with teams to help us refine the IC approach, understand how we can better support teams, and look for ways to improve the quality of our process and help strengthen relationships with key stakeholders.