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Reports – who needs ‘em? (3/4/2013)

Another month of great programming has passed. You may be tired from the effort but also feeling good about what the participants have told you in their comments. Don’t just tuck this work away; tell others about it through your QPR and Impact Reports. And if you think your reports don’t matter--you’re only one person, right?--think again. The chart below (full size available here) was one of my handouts at the SBARE meeting last week. Direct Contacts 2012 jpeg

Your direct contacts are one measure of our Extension programs. These numbers clearly demonstrate the importance of Extension agents delivering information and programs locally (617,000 direct contacts by Extension agents in 2012). It also reaffirms the breadth and importance of our Extension programming across multiple program areas. In total, 844,000 direct contacts is excellent. (Note, if you are still submitting QPR contacts for 2012, we will add them to the totals.) And take a look at pages 9-19 in our 2013-2015 Biennial Budget Request. Most of the accomplishments listed came directly from your Impact Reports.

These are just two examples of how administration uses your information. The more successes you report the better position the NDSU Extension Service is in to tell stakeholders that Extension is a good investment for them.  Keep ‘em coming and thank you.

Another success: Check out this recent news report on KX News in Bismarck of a young 4-H member. I hope when you watch it you will agree that this young lady has a great insight to the power of 4-H and the importance of giving back to others.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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