Innovation is often referred to as something tangible, a new technology or program design that we can put our hands on, or a new concept that we can begin to define. But these things result from a program innovation process that we can support to make it easier and stronger. As professionals, we are called upon to be innovative, but there are certain individual, group and organizational factors that enable and challenge the process.
In this session, we will show how innovation is an ongoing, repetitive process of translating new ideas into improved program performance. Using examples from a study of innovative Extension programs in Minnesota and nationwide, we will describe a framework of five key factors that can support or resist innovation and share some useful tools to help faculty use this framework in a variety of ways to strengthen program innovation through improving the factors that support it. The session will include hands-on experience and tools for us to employ in practice.
Rebecca Meyer, Extension educator, Youth Development,
Nathan Meyer, Extension program leader, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Mary Jo Katras, Extension program leader, Family Development
The Youth Development Brown Bag Webinar Series is brought to you by the University of Minnesota Extension and the NDSU Extension, Centers for Youth Development.
Adults who work with/on behalf of youth.
Free, but registration is required.