Concept: Preparing to do the work, determining how we will work together and being intentional about defining desired impacts.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What will be my (Extension professional) role in this process?
  • What impacts are appropriate? (Look to the impact indicators)
  • How will we measure impact?
  • To determine next steps (what will it take for the community to take the next step):
    • Do you have clearly articulated shared expectations with the community?
    • Do you have tools in place to carry out the work effectively (facilitation techniques, meeting management techniques)? competencies
    • Do you need to involve other colleagues (other Extension personnel) to bring independence or expertise?
    • What are our shared expectations with the community? (should be asked in all phases) Ground rules

Questions to ask the community:

  • Who should be/must be involved (stakeholders)?
  • How will these stakeholders be organized?
  • Who is the point of contact with Extension? Is it a committee, an individual? Is the need for a single point of contact understood by the community?
  • Define roles and responsibilities for each stakeholder or each stakeholder group.
  • What is the project timeline?
  • How will we manage logistics? (setting meeting times, taking notes, sharing information and updates, finding the meeting place, etc.)
  • How will we make decisions?
  • What are our shared expectations with Extension? (should be asked in all phases)  Ground rules

Check-out questions to make sure you are in sync with community expectations:

  • Shared expectations?
  • New stakeholders?
  • New assets external/internal?