Program integration

Thematic team process

MU Extension will create thematic teams pulled from the expertise found within the University of Missouri, along with other partners and organizations, to develop and deliver programs in each of the theme areas. This includes all faculty and program staff — campus, continuing education and regions.

The following team configurations will be in place during the program integration process:

Core Thematic Team
A core group, led by a facilitator, will guide the program through a five-phase process. Core team members will bring knowledge of the theme from different perspectives and work together to identify key issues and priorities.

Ad Hoc Thematic Team Members
People with a variety of expertise will enter and exit the process as needed, while the Core Team guides the program(s) through the five phases of organizing program integration.

Sub-Thematic Teams
Sub-teams will be appointed in Phase II (see below) to focus on specific audience and program areas. These teams will consist of one or two members of the core team along with additional faculty, staff and partners with specific expertise related to that program area.

The thematic program integration process is illustrated below. It is a holistic approach to

  • identify the audience,
  • analyze opportunities,
  • develop the program,
  • deliver the program,
  • evaluate the program, and
  • report program impact.

Phase I: Framing the issue (Core Thematic Team)

  • Defines how different groups view and are impacted by the issue
  • Inventories current research from the various perspectives addressing the issue
  • Systematically determines the priority perspectives, as illustrated in Figure 2
  • Determines what issue(s) MU Extension will move forward

Phase II: Identifying audiences and needs (Core Thematic Team and Sub-Thematic Teams)

  • Identifies audience(s) within the issue identified and prioritized in Phase I
  • Determines identified audience’s needs and wants
  • Determines core competencies needed to address the needs and wants of the audience
  • Inventories related competencies and gaps of faculty
  • Inventories current programming that addresses the needs and wants of the audience
  • Inventories current research addressing the needs and wants of the audience
  • Identifies external best practices and program models related to the issue and audience

Phase III: Program development (Sub Teams, with assistance of Core Team)

  • This phase identifies and develops programming to achieve desired results.
  • Develops program logic model
  • Determines, identifies and recruits partners
  • Determines resources and training (existing and needed)
  • Identifies metrics to assess and evaluate whether audience needs are met
  • Develops a proposal, including deployment plan, to be submitted to the MU Extension administrative cabinet

Phase IV: Launching the program

  • Launches pilot/beta testing
  • Team engages and monitors the processes and impact of program

Phase V: Continuous improvement and integration

  • Analyzes collected information on program (both process and impact)
  • Determines improvement of program design and delivery
  • Identifies opportunities to integrate with other program areas and offerings
  • Identifies next priority issue

Next:  Appointment of thematic teams