ERIC Number: ED341806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Networking: Opportunities To Build Effective Extension Programs.
Richardson, John G.
To marshall the resources needed to deal positively with current and emerging issues, the Cooperative Extension System must use networks skillfully to establish necessary connections with other agencies and individuals. The process of developing cooperative and productive interconnections among individuals, groups, or organizations is networking. Networks are the interpersonal communication patterns that result from the process. Four primary principles must be considered in developing or functioning in networks: reciprocity, spannability, complementarity, and intentionality. Networking is a necessity to achieve any reasonable level of success or program impact. Establishment of productive networks requires development of a networking plan and compatible, mutual interests of the agencies, groups, and individuals involved. A plan for evaluating program input and success should be developed and agreed upon by all participating entities in the initial development of collaborative efforts and should be a continuing part of the overall program development and implementation process. The following are examples of networks that have been formed with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as the catalytic influence in their formation and functions: (1) the Martin County experience with a network to focus on the youth problem; and (2) the New Hanover County experience in developing a network of agencies with missions related to agriculture. (17 references) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: North Carolina