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Extension Skills

Second Thursday of Every Month:
November 10th, December 8th, 2022

January 12th, February 9th, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th, June 8th, July 13th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th, 2023

2 PM - 3 PM Eastern Time |  1 PM - 2 PM Central Time | 12 PM - 1 PM Mountain Time |
11 AM - 12 PM Pacific Time | 10 AM - 11 AM Alaska Time | 9 AM - 10 AM Hawaii Time

Each second Thursday of the month, the Impact Collaborative's Extension Skills series will provide an opportunity for Cooperative Extension professionals to build capacity with tools, processes and tech skills training. 

Each month, we will update the information below for what the Extension Skills Session for the month will be!

This series is available to Extension Foundation Members Only. Your institution must be a member of the Extension Foundation to participate. Find out if your institution is an Extension Foundation member at extension.org/members

Find past Extension Skill workshops on our Video Resource Library. Post topics include intro to podcasting, creating strong surveys, using twitter for media relations, growing social media audience, community forums, virtual engagement tools, evaluation tips and more! 

Extension Skills December 8th, 2022:
Elevate the Impact of Your Outreach

In this workshop, participants can expect to gain an overview of outputs and outcomes and how to differentiate between the two, as well as an understanding of the private and public value of Extension initiatives. You will also learn best practices for developing strong impact statements and peer examples of great impact stories.   


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Presenter: Alda Norris

Alda Norris is the evaluation specialist and civil rights compliance officer for the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her PhD from Purdue University is in interpersonal communication with emphasis on research methods and student development. She is an active member of the Alaska Evaluation Network, an AEA affiliate, and the Western Region Evaluation Network, an Extension resource.

Presenter: Vikram Koundinya

Vikram Koundinya is an Associate Professor of Extension at University of California (UC)-Davis. Dr. Koundinya is the state evaluation specialist for the UC cooperative extension system. His teaching and research focus on evaluation methods, survey design, needs assessment methods, measuring program outcomes, data analysis, and impact assessment. He is the recipient of 2021 Excellence in Extension Evaluation Training from American Evaluation Association (AEA). Vikram is a member of the Northern California Evaluation Network, an AEA affiliate, and the Western Region Evaluation Network.

Presenter: LaJoy R. Spears

LaJoy R. Spears is a program development and evaluation specialist at New Mexico State University. Dr. Spears is uniquely positioned to guide program development while building evaluation capacity within NMSU Cooperative Extension Service and across the land grant system. After attending two land grant universities, she gained many years of professional experience and service working at 1862 and 1890 land grant universities, tribal colleges, and now at NMSU, a Hispanic-serving institution. Her experience includes curriculum development, program design, implementation, outcome evaluation, and adult education. While at NMSU she is focused on building evaluation capacity of Extension Educators and increasing their ability to document program impacts that meet the needs of local, state, and federal stakeholders. LaJoy is a member of the Western Region Evaluation Network (WREN).

Presenter: Katherine-Webb Martinez 

Katherine Webb-Martinez is the Director of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Planning and Evaluation unit, and has worked on this team since 2007. Her specialty is strategic planning and program evaluation, specifically evaluation capacity building, impact writing, and accountability reporting. She serves on the national Research and Extension Working Groups convened by NIFA to inform the development of the new NIFA reporting system. She has over 25 years’ experience working on program development, in particular on sustainable food system programs/projects.