Frequently Asked Questions About the Impact Collaborative

Why Should I Participate In the Impact Collaborative? What’s In It For Me?

We have all heard that Cooperative Extension is America’s best-kept secret. All extension professionals should feel a sense of urgency that a system with so much to offer is not more widely recognized as a contributor in addressing the complex issues faced by the people we serve. The Impact Collaborative process is designed to help extension professionals in four important ways:

  1. Think and work differently as you use new and leading edge collaborative change approaches.
  2. Design for impact in order to ensure meaningful results are realized and demonstrated.
  3. Innovate robust, leading-edge, and customized solutions that meet the unique needs of the community.
  4. Confidently and competently excel in community engagement.

Some extension professionals will develop entirely new skills and new mindsets. Extension professionals already working in engaged and innovative programs will have opportunities to become facilitators, key informants, or otherwise advance these skills in extension colleagues.

Who Can Apply? Am I Eligible?

Anyone at an eXtension member institution is eligible to apply for the Impact Collaborative. Extension specialists, agents, educators, assistants, support staff or coordinators (or anyone else!) will benefit from the Impact Collaborative. We STRONGLY encourage inclusion of community partners in your application team. If you have questions about who can be part of your team, contact Ashley Griffin or Molly Immendorf.

If your institution is not currently a member of eXtension, we are accepting new members for 2018! Contact Chief Operating Officer Beverly Coberly for information on joining eXtension.

What if I have an extension collaborator at a non-member institution?

Individuals affiliated with non-member institutions may apply as part of a team led by an extension professsional at a member institution.

What Will It Cost?

There is no charge to apply to the Impact Collaborative. You will need to pay travel and registration costs for team members that attend Designathon One and Designathon Two.

What Is the Application Deadline?

At this time, no firm deadline for applications is set, but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. That maximizes your opportunity for support and connecting with others working in your topic area.

Can I Make Changes Later?

Yes, you can add or subtract team members and make changes to your application.

How will teams be selected? Are we automatically accepted if we apply?

Applying early is best as it gives your team the most support. We have an organizing committee for each topic area that will guide the review and process. It is not an automatic acceptance, but we are here to help guide your application, so the earlier you apply, the support the committee can provide.

What Will I Need to Provide in the Application?

You will need a letter of support from your supervisor and to provide information about your team members and a general description of the topic area or issue you are working on. We are also gathering information that will help the evaluation and communication teams work with you to tell the story of your project’s progress, success, lessons learned, and impact.

The application can be started, saved, and changed as you gather the needed information.

Do all team members need to attend one of the Designathon events?

At least one person on the team needs to attend a Designathon One event. It is recommended that more than one attend since ideas and approaches may change based on the process and information gained at the event.

Do all team members have to attend the same Designathon One event?

No, they can attend whichever one they would like.