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Evidence-Based Programming Across Cooperative Extension

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 measurable local impact.

January 2022

First Conversation on Evidence-Based Programming Held

The Extension Foundation recently announced a series of five conversations focusing on identifying and documenting evidence-based programming in Cooperative Extension . The goals of these conversations are to: Discuss the importance of identifying program evidence for Extension. Identify what we know about evidence in Extension programming Discuss examples of how Extension programs achieve evidence. Establish common language when talking about “evidence”. Identify at what level Extension...

Gatherings to Discuss Evidence-Based Programming Start 1/24/22...Please Join Us!

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...

About the Extension Foundation

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