You do great work – share your impact with the nation!
Deadline is January 12, 2018
Are you busy reflecting and writing your 2017 accomplishments for your year-end professional assessment? As you write about your program’s’ reach and impact, please also complete this Share Your Story Template. Send to Becky email@example.com by January 12th, 2018. (Becky and Suzanne will review and notify you if more information is needed.) Your great work will be shared with legislators at the 2018 Public Institute Leadership Conference in April.
You can complete more than one form. Categories are: childhood obesity includes prevention and youth SNAP-Ed and EFNEP, community health & wellness include PSE–policy, system and environment and adult SNAP-Ed, diabetes, financial management, food & nutrition, food safety, healthy homes & the environment include preventing falls, improving children’s lives, and protecting our resources – family life. Minnesota can submit three impact statement per category.
Tips for submissions
- 40 word limit per section. Don’t repeat anything you already submitted on the form, ie. Program names, numbers reached, etc.
- Consider three questions as you frame your story: (AFNR intranet, January 1, 2017)
- What was the need or problem you were trying to solve?
a. Focus on one issue
- What service (course, conference, materials, curriculum, etc.) did you provide/facilitate to address the need?
a. Pick 1 or 2 things that had the biggest bang.
b. the Relevance to improve people’s health, the economy and the environment
c. Use active verbs
- How did your service improve the lives of people in the community, etc.? The results
a. Lay it out like a sports page—who’s playing– identify your audience, what happened and how, what was the score or so what, ie. Affect—numbers with $ or %. Why does this score (program) matter? What is interesting or surprising? (Top 9 Tips for your Impact Statement, Purdue Extension).
b. Our impact statements ask for quotes on the benefit of the program. Include a quote from program participants, any partners or collaborators and the need and benefit of your program to illustrate or extend the story. Quotes should illustrate and extend your story. For example, “Though I was skeptical at first, planting cover crops improved my overall yields over the past three years.”
- Community partners include volunteers.
- Photos are optional but are very powerful. Submit high-resolution photos with some visible branding, ie. UMN Extension logo shirt, logo on curriculum, logo on screen or display.
- You can submit any other supportive materials, ie. program summaries, reports, links, etc.
Information is compiled into a National NEAFCS Impact Statement report. This report is shared with our USDA stakeholders and legislatures. See previous reports here.
Becky Hagen-Jokela and Suzanne Driessen and NEAFCS – Minnesota Affiliate Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs