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"Engaged Program Planning for Impact Collaborative Teams" Publication Available on Flipping Books

Engaged Program Planning for Extension Foundation Impact Collaborative Teams has been issued as a flipping book. First published in October 2018, the publication details how to use the Impact Collaborative methodology and roadmap to help Cooperative Extension professionals design innovative and engaging projects, programs, and initiatives. It also provides context and guidance on community engagement and team building using Impact Collaborative practices.

The publication was authored by Karen Vines (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University) and C. Theodor Forde-Stiegler (NEXUS4Change). It includes information about:

  • The Impact Collaborative Roadmap
  • Engagement in Cooperative Extension
  • How to use engaged/hybrid models
  • Shared expertise and shared learning
  • The use of collective impact (including shared measurement systems)
  • Communication
  • Team types and structures

While the publication focuses on the Impact Collaborative methodology, those interested in program development and design will find the information relevant and useful to their work.

About the Impact Collaborative: Extension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative is a members-only program that helps Cooperative Extension projects, programs, and initiatives to be innovative and community-engaged efforts that result in measurable and visible local impact. Whether your team is looking to improve an existing program or expand its reach to new audiences, possibly through the use of new technologies, or seeks to establish new services or spark the creation of new businesses, the Impact Collaborative process, engagements, and activities provide project teams with tools to develop innovative, community-based approaches to problem-solving. The Impact Collaborative’s annual Summit is slated for October 4-6th, 2022. Information about the virtual event is available here.

A note about our Publications:The Extension Foundation has recently released several new and previously published titleson a wide range of topics, including climate and extreme weather, Northeast ecosystems services assessment, DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications (now numbering more than two dozen) here.New publications are released regularly, so please check back often.

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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