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Impact Statement FAQs


When are impact statements due?

January 15

To whom do I submit my impact statement?

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

Who needs to submit an impact statement?

Staff who are required to submit:

  • Agents with appointments of 0.5 to 1.0 FTE
  • All specialists, regardless of FTE appointment level
  • PFRC staff are asked to submit an Impact Statement reflecting regional data as compiled for federal reports and required by CAP grant.

Staff who are not required to submit an impact statement:

  • Agents with appointments less than 0.5 FTE
  • EFNEP and FNP assistants
  • Agents or specialists who are employed less than one year (as determined by DD and PL).

How many impact statements are required?

The minimum is one Impact Statement at the 2.5 level (measure intent to change behavior or implement new information) for a program in which you had a teaching role.

Additional statements may be submitted and are encouraged.

*NOTE* The requirement will move to a 3.0 level for program year 2019/Impact Statements due 1-15-2020.

*Specialists are always encouraged to work for a 3.0 level when evaluating signature programs.

What is the minimum required for an for Impact Statement?

  1. The program meets a stakeholder need
  2. Evaluation has been conducted at the 2.5 level (intent to take action/change) to measure outcomes (not just outputs) and intent to change
  3. Agents/Specialists have a teaching role and present information/skills/practices that can be adopted by participants
  4. Everyone is encouraged, when possible, to do a follow up evaluation to see if participants followed through with their intentions to make changes (level 3)

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

One team member/chair should take the lead on writing the combined Impact Statement and should list the other team members in the report. This Impact Statement satisfies the reporting requirement for the author only.

Some state-led programs have specialists writing state Impact Statements, based on statewide data. If county-based team members want to use this program as the basis for their annual Impact Statement, they need to focus on the local need/data and write their Impact Statement based on their local county impacts and their teaching role. Please do not use the same program two years in a row, unless you have completed follow-up evaluation of participants from the previous year.

What is the difference between a program and an event/activity/service?


Programs are delivered to address a critical need. Stakeholders are searching for solution and behavior change may take place. Programs need to be evaluated at the 2.5 level to produce data/outcomes/impacts to report for your Impact Statement. Research indicates it takes about 10 hrs. of programming to lead to behavior change.

Examples: DYSP, Annie's, DPP


Events/Services are hosted/organized. Events may involve lots of partners and planning, or coordination, but they are less likely to lead to behavior change. A service is performed for clientele, and you may be including educational information, but no formal teaching or evaluation is done. Events/Services are often in response to a critical need.

Example: Community forum on suicide prevention, Round Up, Livestock day, Crop and field events, 4-H Project Activity Day, or nitrate testing.

These are all examples of important Extension work, but are not defined as a formal program and therefore not allowed for the required Impact Statement. You may submit an additional Impact Statement for events/services that have been evaluated.

How do I write a good Public Value Statement?

Private Value

The individual participant or thier operation/situation changed (your evaluation data describes how they changed).

Public Value

The community, society, economy, budget or policy changed . Develop a public value statement to share in your Impact Statement.

The guide/example below will help you write appropriate statements.  A list of statements for signature programs has been compiled, and you may use any that fit your programs. If you need to develop your own, feel free to ask your DD or PL for help.

Public Value Statements explain why the program is important beyond the individual. When you ask, what difference will this program make to the individual who attends, you are talking about the private value of the program.

If someone wants to know why my tax dollars should be spent on this program when I don’t attend it, the question now shifts to “What difference will this program make to the greater society?” and that defines the public value of the program.

Example: On the Move to Better Health

Public Value Statement: Improving health behaviors can increase quality of life and save millions of dollars in collective health-care costs for North Dakotans throughout their lifetime.

  1. Doing this

  2. Will result in

  3. Because (this is why it's important                                

Improving health behaviors

can increase quality of life

and save millions in dollars in collective health-care costs for North Dakotans throughout their lifetime.

*use this example/template to think through your public value statement for your program.

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