We work on behalf of all Illinois residents.
By partnering with University of Illinois Extension, researchers gain access to a network of nearly 700 Extension professionals who serve residents in all 102 Illinois counties with applied research and education programs. Extension uses a range of strategies to develop knowledge and transform lives. These include:
Direct education. Online training; professional certifications; youth clubs; conferences; seminar series; presentations; field days; demonstrations; volunteer service activities.
Expert Assistance. Analytic reports; certifications; phone, email, and in-person consultations; answer desks; hotlines; web-based answer services.
Resources, tools, and services. Educational websites, videos and podcasts; fact sheets; manuals; calculators and apps; community gardens.
Media. Blog posts; social media; television and radio appearances; newspaper columns; newsletters.
Partnerships. Convening stakeholder networks; working with state and local agencies; community organizations; industry groups; not-for-profits.
Applied Research. Formal research; trials; scouting; community/citizen science.
Partner with us
Interested in community-engaged research, teaching, or outreach? Here's how an Extension educator can help:
- Educators can facilitate collaboration with stakeholders
- Educators can help ensure that outreach occurs within a context of partnership and shared community engagement, involving co-creation of goals and strategies and a two-way exchange of knowledge and resources.
- Educators can work with you to identify audiences that can use your research, as well as identifying effective channels for the target audience.
- Educators can keep you informed of the issues of critical interest to targeted stakeholder groups, and any research needs identified by stakeholders.
- Want to work an outreach component into a grant? Extension educators can partner on developing relevant material and dissemination.
- Educators can help identify real-world challenges and service opportunities across Illinois for service learning, connecting you with community partners.
- Extension can help coordinate engaged scholarship collaborations - like citizen science and service learning - through its volunteer programs, which include Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists, 4-H clubs, and Money Mentors.
What is an Extension Educator and what do they do?
An Extension Educator has a Ph.D. or Master’s degree and uses their specialized expertise to develop educational and research programming in a targeted content area. Most Educators are based in field units and work on state and local priority programs and goals.
Educators are experienced in translating research through a variety of effective channels to provide evidence-based education relevant to stakeholder/audience needs. Educators stay in touch with audience needs through needs assessments; collaboration with state and local councils and stakeholder groups; individual consultations; and other outreach activities. Educators may conduct applied research to provide evidence of effective approaches for stakeholders.
Extension Collaboration Grant Webinars
- Working with Extension: Family and Consumer Sciences with Jennifer McCaffrey, June 12, 2020
- Grant Writing 101 (for Extension staff) with Patricia Welander, June 19, 2020
- Working with Extension: Agriculture and Natural Resources with Dennis Bowman, June 26, 2020
- Working with Extension: Community and Economic Development with Anne Silvis, July 10, 2020
- How to find campus partners (for Extension staff) with Deborah Seiler, July 17 2020
- Working with Extension: 4-H Programs with Lisa Bouillion Diaz, July 24, 2020
- Working with Extension: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant with Tomas Hook, July 31, 2020
- Working with Extension: Success Stories, August 7, 2020
- Major Grants (for Extension staff) with Patricia Welander, August 14, 2020
- Working with Extension: Success Stories, August 21, 2020
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