Extension to share findings of needs assessment project

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dr. Stewart shares Building Our Future Together initiative

To best meet the needs of the communities it serves, over the last few months, The University of Missouri Extension has been busy collecting a multitude of information from several communities across southwest Missouri and examining data to determine the future path and direction of the organization.

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Marshall Stewart, vice-chancellor of extension and engagement at the University, will discuss some of the preliminary findings of the information collected through a comprehensive needs-assessment process.

The meeting will take place at the Southwest Research Center, located at 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon.

Stewart will also share his initiative entitled, Building Our Future Together.

The needs assessment has been a three-pronged approach, focusing on community conversations, statistical information and a third-party review.

The community conversations portion was held this year, with various meetings strategically organized throughout the state, including West Plains, Neosho, Ozark and Branson, to help understand the needs of Missourians.

Concurrently, a group of researchers explored data to help identify and define those needs.

The final portion included a third party review completed by an outside group that examined the Extension's organizational structure and programming.

Barry County and Missouri residents are invited to attend the meeting to hear the preliminary results of the comprehensive needs assessment and next steps of the Extension and Stewart's initiative.

"I think you will find that Dr. Stewart is a very motivating speaker with a clear understanding of the importance of higher education in our state," said Jay Chism, director, MU Extension in the southwest region. "His message of working collaboratively throughout Missouri for the betterment of our citizens is something that resonates with constituents across the state."

Extension programs attempt to improve lives, communities, and economies by providing relevant, responsive and reliable educational solutions. Its programs are open to all. For more information, visit http://extension.missouri.edu.

For meal planning purposes, participants are asked to register in advance by contacting Sarah Grubaugh by email at grubaughs@missouri.edu, or by calling (417) 865-0707.