2021 Impact Collaborative Events: Registration Open NOW for eXtension Members!

eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce open registration for several 2021 events in our Impact Collaborative program. This includes registrations for the Innovation Skill-Building Experience and the Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training. 

These events are for everyone inside eXtension Foundation member institutions. The eXtension Foundation invites all members to participate in the Impact Collaborative program to build skills in innovation, hone project & program development, and leverage national resources that the Impact Collaborative program provides to our members. 

eXtension Foundation members can click the links below to access event registration pages. Members can also find a listing of events on the home page of eXtension.org, on the Learn Calendar in Connect Extension, or in the Impact Collaborative Subgroup in Connect Extension. 

Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE)

Impact Collaborative Innovation Facilitator Training 

Impact Collaborative Summit

Additionally, eXtension Foundation members will have the opportunity to participate in 50-60 other offerings next year made available through our Impact Collaborative program. In 2020, more than 5000 Cooperative Extension professionals leveraged eXtension’s member offerings on topics that were responsive to the needs of the system including remote work, digital engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.

2021 offerings will include learnings around leadership development, technology and social media, health, and other customized events created by request from anyone from our member institutions to meet the evolving needs of Cooperative Extension. For suggestions or inquiries on member offerings, please contact impact@extension.org

2021 Membership is required to participate in the Impact Collaborative program. For membership inquiries, please contact membership@extension.org. For assistance with registration, please contact impact@extension.org

More about Impact Collaborative Events!

Innovation Skill-Building Experience

Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster?

Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues?

Are you interested in becoming an Innovation Facilitator/Coach for future Impact Collaborative events and to support your institution’s teams and teams across the nation?

Are you already an Innovation Facilitator or a team member who would like a refresher on the Innovation Skill-Building process?

If you answered yes, to any of these questions then join us to explore the Impact Collaborative’s Innovation Skill-building experience in a whole new way: The ISBE  will meet via Zoom for four sessions covering specific ISBE building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact.

Innovation Facilitator Training

Are you someone who is always looking for new ways to improve?

Do you like adopting innovative ideas and helping others along the way?

Would you like to be a leader that helps teams design cutting edge programs/projects that make real impact?

If so, please consider joining our Innovation Facilitator team!

Our Innovation Facilitator training provides you new ways of looking at innovation.  Once trained, you are an invaluable asset in helping teams develop projects or programs more quickly, and connect them with national resources. You will use our innovation incubator process to bring fresh ideas aligned with institutional goals to every team you work with.

Today, there are 151 Innovation Facilitators across Cooperative Extension working to synergize innovative efforts in their own states, institutions, and supporting regional & national teams.

Who Should Participate?

We recommend Extension Directors and Administrators select individuals with these qualities:

  • Individuals with program leadership experience
  • Individuals who work effectively with your leadership team
  • Individuals who possess strong confidence in facilitation
  • Individuals who are effective in working alongside leadership teams and program leaders to catalyze innovation across the organization

Impact Collaborative Summit

The Impact Collaborative Summit is a team event. Community partners are encouraged to participate on teams. We highly recommend sending teams that include 3-8 individuals focused on a project or program aligned with state/institutional strategic priorities and/or community issues.

Since 2019, teams that incubated with eXtension’s Impact Collaborative program received $5.7 million in grant and partnership funding. 65 project and program teams participated in the past three national Summits, and 92% of participants reported that they would recommend the experience to others. Learn more at extension.org/success about teams that have participated in our Impact Collaborative program.

The Impact Collaborative Summit helps increase Cooperative Extension’s organizational readiness and capacity for innovation and change by connecting teams with skills, tools, resources and partners that can expand and deepen their impact. Participating teams will 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.

For 2021, our Impact Collaborative program is being delivered virtually. We invite members to take advantage of their membership benefit by sending project and program teams to the Impact Collaborative Summit.