Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Moving Towards Public Value: What Are You Measuring?

Are you measuring the right outcomes? 

As we move towards capturing and sharing the public value of Extension work, we need to make sure what outcomes we are measuring.  This article by Nancy Franz, Iowa State University articulates the struggle of addressing this as a movement as opposed to simply responding to the economic environment.

Read the full article here.

Advancing the Public Value Movement: Sustaining Extension During Tough Times

Extension must more fully and adeptly embrace the public value movement to be sustainable as a publicly funded organization, or our demise as an organization will continue. The public value steps outlined here and piloted with several Extension systems and national work groups can be informative for others interested in capturing and sharing the public value of Extension work. Overall, the Extension public value banner needs to be held high as we struggle to change the perception of our work by addressing this as a "movement" in our organizational development and not a "response" to the economic environment.

Nancy K. Franz
Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach for Families and 4-H Youth
Director Iowa State Extension to Families
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

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