Last fall nearly all Extension employees (96%) completed a system-wide survey designed to map Extension's networks. The information you provided has identified strengths, gaps and opportunities in our relationships across the state. Extension's associate deans and program teams are now using the analysis to better understand the primary relationships within and across Extension centers and program teams and the opportunities to leverage resources and partnerships.
Extension evaluation specialists have been working in a variety of interesting ways to utilize the results from the Extension Network Study. The results are currently being used to: inform environmental scanning interview questions; create individualized network maps to give staff knowledge of others who are working with the same organizations; create specialized maps around specific teams and issues to see how they are connected within Extension; and prioritize audience focus.
We have been sharing the results of this survey with county commissioners and other partners and they have been very interested in the results as well as the next steps. In addition, the data is being used for our federal reporting and University reporting.
I want to thank Extension's evaluation specialists, Mary Marczak, Scott Chazdon and Tom Bartholomay, for their leadership in creating the survey, performing the data analysis and working with Extension to use this data to inform our program decisions.
Thanks to all of you who participated in this Extension-wide survey. I look forward to hearing about the lessons you learn as you further examine the results.