Program integration

Development and evaluation

MU Extension leadership (program directors, regional directors, continuing education directors and support unit leaders) adopted the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) Banner Outcomes. The NCCEA Banner Outcomes provide a set of criteria for evaluation and accountability including expected outcomes and leading indicators. These banner outcomes will become the level of accountability MU Extension will support for program efforts. They also provide measures for delivering outcomes in several areas of the MU Strategic Plan.

Banner outcomes will enable MU Extension to provide information about program outcomes across all disciplines and program areas. Following are the categories of banner outcomes with their expected measurements.

Economic value

  • jobs created and/or retained
  • workforce preparedness and development
  • efficiencies (dollars saved, cost reduced)
  • community and business readiness
  • the role of volunteers

Engagement in public issues

  • public involvement in community decision-making
  • inclusiveness and representation in civic decisions
  • organizational development (supporting groups and organizations)
  • supporting coalitions and collaborations (in the interests of the public good)
  • facilitation and group process support
  • finding and mobilizing resources in the community (the implementation of community decisions)
  • the role of volunteers

Public health

  • improving diet and nutrition
  • reducing illness through preventative action
  • reducing rates of obesity

Environmental quality

  • changes in the environmental conditions of soil and water
  • changes in human actions and behaviors that improve and protect the management of natural resources

Emergency preparedness and the rapid responsiveness

  • the immediate, collective, multidisciplinary response to an emergency
  • access to additional expertise (national land grant university network and/or other partners)
  • leveraging expertise, knowledge and financial resources with other states
  • the sustained responsiveness (services remain after the immediacy of a disaster passes)

Collaboration and leveraging the expertise of the land grant university

  • increased access to the expertise of the land grant university
  • increased access to other organizations
  • collaboration and facilitation of partnerships that address critical problems and priorities
  • leveraging expertise and funding beyond land grant universities

Local delivery and community-based educators and problem solving

  • integrated problem solving that links research with community education
  • regional and/or statewide mobilization of MU Extension expertise on an issue
  • the role of long-standing trust and credibility (distinctively different from consultation services)

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