A call to embrace program innovation

Nathan J. Meyer, Sherry P. Boyce, Rebecca L. Meyer

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To remain vital, it is critical for Extension to embrace the innovation at the core of our birth and success. In this article, we define Extension program innovation as driven by the productive tensions among three core program planning practices: design, construction, and evaluation. Through daily, interactive tinkering in these three practices, staff strive toward stronger program impact and creatively respond to opportunities or challenges. We discuss how an innovation approach to program planning is well suited to address three contemporary Extension program development issues. We also discuss implications of innovation research to improve Extension program planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


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