KYLEThank you all for coming today – we’re excited to share some results and information with you about the Cooperative Extension Military Partnership.Introduce presenters
KYLEThe majority of our presentation will focus on our scan of the cooperative extension system to identifying existing extension programs serving military families. Following the presentation we’re interested in your feedback and opinions so please feel free to ask questions.
Project Background – KYLEBrief description of the partnership and what we’re trying to do!
Our goal is to ensure the highest quality, research and evidence-based, best practices programming available for military families
The logical place to start is to figure out where we are now in terms of programming for military families within the CES.Environmental Scan - SarahScan Cooperative Extension System forAll Extension programs that serve both active duty, National Guard and Reserve military families, all service branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps) Department of Defense broadly.Simultaneously (sort of) – a similar effort is being undertaken by UN-Lincoln to identify professional development activities happening for child care provviders around the country.
SarahThe environmental scan is quite large in scope – we’re interested in any cooperative extension programming (and I use the term programming fairly loosely) in the continental united states as well as overseas. We’re also interested in programs hapaepning on and off installations whether it’s at the local county/parish level, the state level or multi-state.
SarahPrograms are wide ranging and include direct programming to military families, training/technical assistance for military service providers or others working directly with military famlies. Additionally collaborations and curriculum development activities are of interest to us.
KYLEMembership:DoDMatt WiestUSDA/NIFABrent Elrod EddyMentzerLGU Faculty expertsKathleen Lodl / ToniaDurden UNLeXtension staff Research/Evaluation Mike Lambur & Sarah aughman Information Technology Kevin Gamble Social Media Strategist Anne Adrian Project Leader Kyle Kostelecky
SarahThe scan is being conducted via an online survey. The survey instrument includes the questions noted in the slide. Respondents can enter as many programs as they like.
SARAHThe first wave of data was targeted across the extension system last summer. Unfortunately the response rate was fairly low so a second wave of data targeting 4-H / youth programming was launched in December. The third wave of data collection is targeting more traditional FCS programming such as personal finance, foods & nutrition, childcare, parenting, etc. If you have programs please take the time to go to this url and enter your information.
SARAHOur initial hope was to garner responses from the entire CES system however reality is that what we have is a non-random sample of the CES population. It’s cross-sectional or “one time” in scope. The information we’re sharing with you today reflects the sample data but it does provide a very rich and detailed picture of cooperative extension programming for military famlies.
SARAHThe first two waves of data have identified 214 programs in all states and 2 territories.
SARAHThis table helps understand some of the information that we are capturing – and some of the challenges of capturing that information. As you can see, there are a couple of levels of programs. The 214 program total mentioned previously counts things like OMK and military 4-H clubs as one program even though there may be series of activities under that program happening. (SHOW ON SLIDE)
SARAHIn the analysis up to this point – 14 states represent 51% of the programs offered.
SARAHPrograms are predominately 4-H youth programs with 61% of programs falling in that category. We anticipate the emphasis on FCS programs in the third wave of data will change the percentages represented here. It should also be noted that these are not mutually exclusive categories. Respondents can choose more than one category – for example many people included OMK as both community capacity building and FYD.
KYLEEmphasizing programs and program dollars are driven by what’s happening with the military.
SARAH You’ll see here, the majority of the programs occur on an ongoing basis with a fair number happening seasonally or even more regularly as reflected in the “other” category.
Respondent were asked to identify the goals of their program(s). Initial work was completed by Tonia Darden & Kathleen Lodl on the first wave of qualitative data. With the dominance of youth programs it not suprising that supporting youth through various educational activities dominated program goals. Supporting families was the second most common goal set.
Program partners – over 400 partnering agencies nationwide.Clearly there is an extensive network of partners working together with Cooperative Extension and the military to support military families. There parners range from military serice providers on bases to the American Legion and other youth serving agencies. Many LGUs are involved through researech, formal education other support outside Extension.
90% of the respondents who told us about their audience indicated that the audience was either miilitary children or their families. The remaining 10% of programs targeted mostly other providers such as military service providers or other community volunteers. The goal of the partnership is to work with military service providers to reach military famlliies which makes this data quite exciting. There are already some strong partnerships happening that we hope will encourage connections between Cooperative Extension professionals and the military service providers.
TONIA – Let’s focus on how the projects are working together, sharing data/information for the greater good. And maybe put in a plug for learning more about your scan at your session.
TONIA Let’s highlight how these results are indicative of what we can do with the eXtension scan – collaborating on the scan gives us both better information that can help inform DOD and NIFA on directions to take regarding areas of concern.
KYLEReview next steps
Opportunities / brainstormingThoughts? What’s missing? Maybe brief discussion of what we found vs. needs identified?
KYLEHerding cats!Working towardsHarnessing the partnership network offering military family programming
Scanning the Globe for Military Families Programming<br />Kyle L. Kostelecky, Sarah Baughman, Anne Adrian, eXtension<br />Kathleen Lodl & Tonia R. Durden, <br />University of Nebraska Lincoln<br />
Overview<br />Project background<br />Environmental Scan <br />Potential needs, gaps and successes<br />Harnessing the partnership network offering military family programming<br />
Target Audience<br />Know that 90% targets families directly<br />Partnership goal is military families service professionals<br />Connecting CoopExt professional with MSP<br />
Complimentary projects<br />Communicating Capacity Building: Supporting Military Children & Families An Environmental Scan of Child Care Provider Training <br />Primary Focus: To find out what training is being offered through the Extension system to early childhood or school age providers across the nation.<br />
Childcare provider training scan<br />Extension is a viable resource in helping states to support efforts in increasing quality in early childhood education.<br />
Next Steps<br />Fill out survey by April 30http://bit.ly/MFEScan<br />Summary report will be benchmark<br />Will help guide conversations<br />Gaps, what’s missing<br />