Focus on relevance, relationships and results from 2017 programming efforts

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 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)
  1. What was the need or problem you were trying to solve?
    a. Focus on one issue
  2. 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
  3. 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


2017 Impact Statements Now Online

78% of Minnesota’s program impact submissions landed a spot in National’s final copy. The National NEAFCS Impact Statement reports are shared with our USDA stakeholders and legislatures. In addition, we created a Minnesota impact statement, which Anita Harris Hering will bring to Washington representing our association at the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference. Congratulations and thank you for your submissions.

The Minnesota programs featured in the 2017 NEAFCS Impact Statements are:

HEALTH AND NUTRITIONSchool food staff putting food on plate

  • Smarter Lunchrooms incorporates research-based strategies to increase healthy food choices by students. Extension Educators trained and certified 57 Smarter Lunchroom Technical Assistance Providers in Minnesota schools. As a result, children make healthier food choices.
  • Food pantries across Minnesota learned how to use techniques encouraging clients to make healthier food choices. Techniques include product placement on shelving, produce display containers, client choice, signage, recipes and support from volunteers. Through Extension’s Healthy Nudges at Your Food Shelf and Nudging to Health for Volunteers programs, over 200 staff and volunteers are now trained nudgers.


  • Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence online course taught 149 participants to identify and avoid overindulgence utilizing learning tools. 98% identified examples of overindulgence and 95% chose the “Test of Four” tool to determine overindulgence situations.


Lori, Becky, Sara webinar photo

  • 165 professionals use Taxes 101 while working with low- to moderate-income Minnesotans. 97% felt confident or very confident using Extension’s information to help their clients make the most of tax season.
  • Your Money, Your Goals financial toolkit trainings empowered 151 front-line staff from 77 agencies. 95% of the trainers agreed the training prepared them to use the toolkit.


  • Homemade food from cupcakes to pickles sold in Minnesota are safer because of Extension’s Cottage Food: Keep it Safe! Keep it Legal program. As a result, cottage food producer registrations increased by 95% to 1930 producers. Each producer can earn up $18,000/year—an economic impact of over $9 million to Minnesota’s economy.

These impact statements are an excellent resource to find out what other Extension educators are doing in your field. We look forward to seeing your impact stories from this year!

Suzanne Driessen and Becky Hagen Jokela
NEAFCS-MN Affiliate Public Policy & Relations Co-chairs