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Impact Report FAQs


When are impact reports due?

January 15

To whom do I submit my impact report?

Agents submit to their district director; specialists submit to the appropriate program leader.

Who needs to submit an impact report?

Staff who are required to submit an impact report:

  • Agents with appointments of 0.5 to 1.0 FTE
  • All area and state specialists, regardless of appointment level.

Staff who are not required to submit an impact report:

  • Agents with appointments less than 0.5 FTE
  • EFNEP and FNP assistants

How many impact reports are required?

The minimum is one impact report. Additional reports may be submitted, but are not required.

How should an impact report be written on team, multi-county, or joint programs? Who gets the credit?

A team member should take the lead on writing the combined impact report and should list the other team members. This report satisfies the reporting requirement for the author.

Other team members can write a report on their individual county teaching efforts and their county impacts and will receive credit for this report.

Multi-county, single event programs (i.e. Devils Lake Roundup) are more difficult to assign credit. The lead agent writing the report would receive credit. It is advised that the lead author could rotate among agents in this type of situation.

What type of program should an impact report be written on?

Impact reports should be written about programs that the agent or specialist was directly involved in teaching, training, or educational roles. In some cases, staff may also write about a program that involved significant activities in the program’s facilitation and organization that led to outcomes (i.e. policy changes).

Events that were hosted by an agent or specialist without a teaching role would not result in a strong impact report.

What parts of the program should be included in the Extension Response section?

Include all Extension activities that contributed to the overall program’s success. Remember to include articles in newsletters or newspapers, tours, events in previous years, personal follow up, and new bulletins or other media. Describe if workshops were conducted as a series or held at multiple locations.

What time frame should the impact report cover?

The report should cover programming from the past year or multiple years including the past year.

The most significant program impacts may occur and be measured several months or a year after the programming. Therefore, reports can include the outcomes from programming from previous years if the evaluation of impacts was conducted in the past year.

Can impact reports be updated?

Impact reports can be updated if there are significant new outcomes to report. This would be most likely after completing a follow up evaluation. Impact reports on the same program for two years should be the maximum.

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