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Identifying and Documenting Evidence-based Programming Across Cooperative Extension


The Extension Foundation (EXF) helps Cooperative Extension (CE) professionals make a more innovative, visible and measurable impact on local issues. We challenge the teams we support to use intentional program design that fosters innovation, collaboration, strategic partnerships, user engagement and continual evaluation for iteration and validation of programming efforts. Our Impact Collaborative methodology is a driver for establishing and validating programming approaches.

EXF has been asked by Extension directors, administrators and CE professionals for ways to identify existing, effective CE programs that can be replicated in communities.  One way EXF has responded has been to create the National Registry of Cooperative Extension Programs and Assets (NRCEPA) EXF is also responding by developing processes to identify and document what works, what we call β€œevidence-based programming.”

Evidence-based programming enables CE professionals to use and enhance programs that have already proven effective, saving time and effort. Communities directly benefit from the accelerated adoption of proven programs demonstrating the potential for measursurable local impact.  

How Can You Engage?

EXF is convening interested stakeholders to explore what evidence-based programming means to CE professionals and to determine how Extension can refer to these efforts. If you are interested in joining the conversation, we invite you to opt-in to receive information about upcoming focus groups to frame this important work. JOIN THE CONVERSATION HERE

Goals of our convenings:

  • Explore questions and gather ideas to inform and shape this work
  • Define what is an evidence-based program
  • Identify the language for naming evidence-based programs
  • Build a taxonomy of programming models
  • Define the ways evidence-based programs can be communicated
  • Establish an advisory committee

Tentative convening timeline:

Bi-monthly on Mondays at 12ET/11CT/10MT/9PT starting in January, 2022. Each meeting may last up to 90 minutes.

  • January 10, 2022
  • January 24, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 21, 2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • March 21, 2022

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