Cooperative Extension is making a difference, but does it show?
I talked with Dena Wise from The University of Tennessee Extension about that very question. Dena authored the Journal of Extension commentary, "Evaluating Extension Impact on a Nationwide Level: Focus on Programs or Concepts?"
The latest Working Differently in Extension podcast is full of ideas that are interconnected. Social learning is at the core of my conversation with Justin Smith, Bryce DuBois and Jason Corwin, but that concept leads to thoughts about assessment, facilitation, communities and, for me, Cooperative Extension's role in helping human networks address complex problems.
I'm afraid my attempts to sort out all of these connected thoughts might have impaired by interviewing skills. I'm not sure this podcast will help you better understand how Justin, Bryce and Jason used mind-mapping to assess social learning, but it might introduce you to some new ways of thinking about Extension work and, hopefully, create some valuable connections in your mind.
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