The Impact Collaborative is a program much like any conducted by Extension professionals. In other words, we are constantly learning, iterating, and improving. From the time the program was launched in 2016 (originally as the Issue Corps) we have experienced many successes as well as lessons learned.
Extension Professionals Worked Differently as a Result of the IC
The majority of participants reported improved ability to participate in professional discussions, developed confidence in sharing resources, gained comfort in recommending alternate approaches to ideas, and are working differently because of their Impact Collaborative participation.
Extension Professionals Gained Visibility as a Result of the IC
One participant received recognition within their institution which led to greater community engagement.
That recognition and encouragement I received from my upper administration to harness that and build on it even further was not just a validation of the work that I am doing, but also something that helped accelerate the conversation about local food system development work.
Another participant appreciated the connection with colleagues and found a new way to connect with people interested in their program.
My participation was very valuable! I am better able to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of my college. My social media blog has won two awards since I have improved the content due to help received at the Designathon. I can better target clients with my social media posts…
Keeping an Eye Toward the Future of Extension
eXtension sponsors fellowships and innovation projects to increase knowledge and explore pathways for Cooperative Extension professionals to innovate their programming.
Several fellows have worked with partner organizations. These include Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP), and Digital Green. These fellows are exploring methods to link research and Extension information in open, accessible ways, evaluation of Extension programming, and the applicability of a successful Extension model used in Asia and Africa to U.S. programs.
Through efforts such as the Horizon Report: Cooperative Extension Edition, we are highlighting emerging trends, technologies, and tools.
eXtension hosts Zoom webinars for professionals from member institutions. eXtension also produces webinars in addition to hosting them. Of those produced by eXtension:
- 99% of participants indicated that they gained at least some information they could use right away
- 57% indicated they gained a moderate amount or a lot of information they could use right away
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Extension professionals are making a difference in their local communities because of their connection with eXtension. Take a look at some of the successes in these regions:
You can read more about their successes on the extension.org blog.