Updated January 2016
The program integration steering committee has considered how the organization might more efficiently implement multi-disciplinary program efforts. As part of this process, individuals serving on thematic teams were recognized for their effort, following the Summit in October 2015. A number of initiatives developed by thematic teams have great promise and will continue.
Although the original team concept was discontinued, the new proposal is a more nimble and responsive process to foster multi-disciplinary work.
The new process recognizes that single disciplinary response often falls short of capturing the complexity of societal issues. With such issues, extension can be more effective by having fewer organizational program priorities and focusing resources.
To realize this vision, we will need to revitalize the current program development structure to refocus on sound program development theory to plan, design, implement and evaluate.
To learn more by reading a draft that outlines the proposed process, see Executive Summary: White Paper for New Model of Multidisciplinary Program Development (PDF).