Assessing

Gathering and analyzing data to inform decisions and actions. Making data informative/understandable to all.


After a decade of exponential growth in Minnesota’s craft breweries, COVID-19 led to an 18 percent drop in economic activity during 2020 — a tough hit for an industry that generated more than $1 billion in economic activity only a year earlier. University of Minnesota Extension researchers documented the toll…


The Economic Opportunity Mapping (EOM) Tool provides interactive online maps that allow users to visualize potential county-level economic opportunities for businesses in different industries across the United States. In addition to county summary statistics, the EOM tool provides a visual representation of results of a model producing expected industrial predicted…


This guide is written to help produce sustainable behavioral changes within communities.


This fact sheet describes what a sustainable business is and will help businesses develop a sustainability goal, understand the behavior changes necessary to meet that goal, provide techniques to achieve those behavior changes, and outline the implementation of a successful plan.


The Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing (BGGW) workshop is an award-winning two-day in-person training in which participants draft a proposal, give and receive feedback on each other’s proposal, search for funders, and learn the importance of building relationships with partners and funders. The BGGW workshop is an efficient, economical, evidence-based…


The Extension Community Assessment Focus Group Facilitation Guide is a tool for facilitating listening sessions with community members. Involving community members in a focus group is an effective way to engage people in discussion and the identification of community issues. This document provides guidance to Extension Agents to facilitate a…


This is the guidebook and explanation of the Community First Impressions program. The WVU Extension Service has been conducting this program since the late 1990s.



This online tool provides information on how to survey a community, a repository of questionnaire templates that you can edit and modify to meet your needs, and information on where to find secondary data that could also help you think of additional questions to ask your community.