News Roundup – September 2018

Registration for the Impact Collaborative Summit has closed and we are excited about the level of participation!

This News Roundup also includes another Impact Collaborative success story, information about the latest issue of the Journal of Extension, and our January 2019 Facilitator Training.

September 2018 Roundup

Journal of Extension – The Innovation Issue. eXtension was proud to support the latest issue of the Journal of Extension in September 2018. This special issue is focused on Innovation. The issue includes a commentary by our very own eXtension team: Informing Innovations Through Deeper Insight on Strategic Priorities and Expansive Ideas. You can read the full issue here

Impact Collaborative Success: From Concept Mapping to Mobile Messaging Campaign. A National Framework for Health and Wellness study identified a Health Insurance Literacy (HIL) national team to identify and develop systematic programs and curriculum and initiate system-wide program impact evaluation. Members of the new HIL were also members of eXtension’s Financial Security for All Community of Practice, and brought their project to the Impact Collaborative. Through a concept-mapping activity, the team was able to explore possibilities, question concepts, and identify new and existing relationships among concepts. Additionally, the team had access to Key Informants which better informed some of their marketing plans, and the opportunity to practice their project pitch. The team launched a pilot of their program in summer 2018 to test mobile messages that increase millenials’ health insurance literacy and take advantage of essential health benefits. Read more about this teams’ project and their experience with the Impact Collaborative from the Journal of Human Sciences and Extension here.

Impact Collaborative Summit. We are just a couple of weeks away from the Impact Collaborative Summit. Over 30 teams from 40 institutions will join us in Indianapolis, alongside our 40 Key Informants and 19 supporting partner organizations to propel their projects and programs forward, and help build capacity for their teams and institutions. Weren’t able to attend this October Summit? Our next Summit is scheduled for April, 2019!

January 2019 Facilitator Training. The Impact Collaborative will be hosting another Facilitator Training in January, 2019. If you’re from a Premium Member Institution, and your institution did not send someone to be trained as a Facilitator during the July 2018 training, your institution can send one member to be trained in the Impact Collaborative process at no cost to their institution including registration, travel, meals, and lodging. Additional facilitators are welcome to join, but the cost of registration, travel, and lodging will be the responsibility of the institution.

Our Facilitators assist the Impact Collaborative at Innovation Kit Workshops and Designathon One events statewide at member institutions, along with their contribution to the Impact Collaborative Summit as a Facilitator or Key Informant. Additionally, the Impact Collaborative process provides them a framework to lead informal workshops and skill-building sessions at their own institutions to help move projects and programs forward. For a complete list of our current Facilitators, please click here

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This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 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.