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Extension Forestry
in the United States:
A NATIONAL REVIEW OF STATE-LEVEL
PROGRAMS
Eli Sagor, Amanda Kueper, Charles Blinn...
Workshops

2
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Two-stage data collection
Online survey

Telephone focus groups

Census of 50 state-level
Extension Forestry program
leade...
Survey results

5
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FTE Capacity
Audiences
FTE capacity positively
correlated with number of
audience segments
“specifically targeted”
r = 0.590, P < 0.001
Content: Topics taught

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Left side:
% states teaching
topic LESS now
than 5 years ago

Topics

Right side:
% states teaching
topic MORE now
than 5 ...
Topics taught MORE now:

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Topics taught LESS now:

11
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Formats

12
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Formats

13
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Formats used MORE now:

14
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Formats used LESS now:

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Focus group results

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Funding
Many report reductions in funds and FTE
capacity:
“…we’ve lost people significantly. We’ve lost three key
Extensio...
Shift to competitive funding
Increasing volatility from year to year
Challenge for long-range planning

Programs end when ...
Shift to competitive funding
Transition more challenging for small programs
Morale: “We’re one funding cycle away from rea...
Shift to digital communications
and peer learning
“We feel like this is just… the wave of the
future, this technology is h...
Discussion

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Doing more
with less

Flickr: Morbuto (source)

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Changing content
More instruction on forest
health, climate, digital mapping.
Few topics dropped: Expanding portfolio.

23...
Changing relationships between
Extension and learners
More efficient, more accessible, but less
direct?
More coordination ...
Opportunity: More targeting
Focus on narrower audience segments most
likely to produce positive impact.
But… Tradition-bou...
Conclusions
Extension is a bridge between profession and public
Expanding content portfolio and delivery toolkit
Funding c...
Eli Sagor
esagor@umn.edu
(612) 624-6948
Amanda Kueper
Charlie Blinn
Dennis Becker

© 2013 Regents of the University of Min...
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A presentation delivered in October 2013 at the Society of American Foresters convention in Charleston, SC. This is a brief summary of an article by the same name published in the Journal of Forestry.

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    1. 1. Extension Forestry in the United States: A NATIONAL REVIEW OF STATE-LEVEL PROGRAMS Eli Sagor, Amanda Kueper, Charles Blinn, and Dennis Becker 1 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    2. 2. Workshops 2 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    3. 3. Two-stage data collection Online survey Telephone focus groups Census of 50 state-level Extension Forestry program leaders One for leaders of large state-level programs: ≥9 FTE November 2011 – February 2012 One for leaders of small programs: ≤1.7 FTE Administered by phone, 90 minutes 100% response rate 4 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    4. 4. Survey results 5 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    5. 5. FTE Capacity
    6. 6. Audiences FTE capacity positively correlated with number of audience segments “specifically targeted” r = 0.590, P < 0.001
    7. 7. Content: Topics taught 8 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    8. 8. Left side: % states teaching topic LESS now than 5 years ago Topics Right side: % states teaching topic MORE now than 5 years ago 9 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    9. 9. Topics taught MORE now: 10 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    10. 10. Topics taught LESS now: 11 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    11. 11. Formats 12 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    12. 12. Formats 13 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    13. 13. Formats used MORE now: 14 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    14. 14. Formats used LESS now: 15 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    15. 15. Focus group results 16 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    16. 16. Funding Many report reductions in funds and FTE capacity: “…we’ve lost people significantly. We’ve lost three key Extension specialists, and three field agents with no money to replace any of those people. So, you know, the work has just been spread around among the people that remain.” 17 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    17. 17. Shift to competitive funding Increasing volatility from year to year Challenge for long-range planning Programs end when funding expires Benefit: Increased coordination, partnerships Challenges meeting needs of tradition-bound audiences 18 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    18. 18. Shift to competitive funding Transition more challenging for small programs Morale: “We’re one funding cycle away from real problems.” 19 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    19. 19. Shift to digital communications and peer learning “We feel like this is just… the wave of the future, this technology is how more and more people are communicating and getting information, and if we’re not a part of this game…, we’re just going to be left behind.” Opportunity and necessity 20 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    20. 20. Discussion 21 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    21. 21. Doing more with less Flickr: Morbuto (source) 22 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    22. 22. Changing content More instruction on forest health, climate, digital mapping. Few topics dropped: Expanding portfolio. 23 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    23. 23. Changing relationships between Extension and learners More efficient, more accessible, but less direct? More coordination across agencies, organizations. 24 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    24. 24. Opportunity: More targeting Focus on narrower audience segments most likely to produce positive impact. But… Tradition-bound audiences, public support? 25 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    25. 25. Conclusions Extension is a bridge between profession and public Expanding content portfolio and delivery toolkit Funding changes affect small and large state programs differently 26 © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
    26. 26. Eli Sagor esagor@umn.edu (612) 624-6948 Amanda Kueper Charlie Blinn Dennis Becker © 2013 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this PowerPoint is available in alternative formats upon request. Direct requests to the Extension Store at 800-876-8636. 27
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