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The SEED Method: An Evidence-Based Method for Engaging Communities

The SEED Method is a multi-stakeholder approach to engaging communities in research, problem solving, and action planning. Developed at Virginia Commonwealth University, SEED provides a framework for collaborative research and action planning that can be scaled up or down depending on project resources and goals.

SEED Method Key Informants at the Impact Collaborative


Look for us at the Annual Impact Collaborative Project & Program Summit!

Dates: October 5th, 6th, & 7th, 2021

The SEED Technical Assistance Team will be serving as expert Key Informants on strategies and tools for effective stakeholder engagement program and project planning, development, and implementation during the this year's Impact Collaborative Project & Program Summit.

The Impact Collaborative Summit connects Extension teams including their community partners with skills, tools, resources, and partners that can increase their innovation and local impact. Teams receive one on one support from coaches to help identify gaps in their project and program planning, and have access to our network of expert Key Informants to help fill those gaps.

The Impact Collaborative Project and Program Summit is for Extension Foundation member institution teams (min of 3 people) including their local partners. Find out if your institution is a member:

More information and registration for the Impact Collaborative can be found at:

What can teams speaking with SEED Method Key Informants expect?

Teams receiving technical assistance from The SEED Team will learn:

  • How to achieve effective community stakeholder engagement from project conception through implementation.
  • Specific approaches for identifying diverse stakeholders
  • Participatory group processes for understanding and addressing a community priority
  • Community action planning

If you would like to receive technical assistance, but are unable to join us at the Impact Collaborative, contact us HERE.


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