“Engaged Program Planning for Impact Collaborative Teams” Publication Released in Flipping Book

Engaged Program Planning for Extension Foundation Impact Collaborative Teams has been issued as a flipping book. First published in October 2018, the publication details how to use the Impact Collaborative methodology and roadmap to help Cooperative Extension professionals design innovative and engaging projects, programs, and initiatives. It also provides context and guidance on community engagement and team building using Impact Collaborative practices.

The publication was authored by Karen Vines (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University) and C. Theodor Forde-Stiegler (NEXUS4Change). It includes information about:

  • The Impact Collaborative Roadmap
  • Engagement in Cooperative Extension
  • How to use engaged/hybrid models
  • Shared expertise and shared learning
  • The use of collective impact (including shared measurement systems)
  • Communication
  • Team types and structures


While the publication focuses on the Impact Collaborative methodology, those interested in program development and design will find the information relevant and useful to their work. 

About the Impact Collaborative: Extension Foundation’s Impact Collaborative is a members-only program that helps Cooperative Extension projects, programs, and initiatives to be innovative and community-engaged efforts that result in measurable and visible local impact. Whether your team is looking to improve an existing program or expand its reach to new audiences, possibly through the use of new technologies, or seeks to establish new services or spark the creation of new businesses, the Impact Collaborative process, engagements, and activities provide project teams with tools to develop innovative, community-based approaches to problem-solving. The Impact Collaborative’s annual Summit is slated for October 4-6th, 2022. Information about the virtual event is available here.

A note about our Publications: The Extension Foundation has recently released several new and previously published titles on a wide range of topics, including climate and extreme weather, Northeast ecosystems services assessment, DEI, Oklahoma State’s master irrigator program, creating mass media campaigns, game-based education, wellness in “tough times,” innovating curriculum, prescribed fire, emergency preparation and response, understanding food labels, and building farm and farm family resilience. You can find the entire library of publications (now numbering more than two dozen) here. New publications are released regularly, so please check back often.

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