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Extension Competencies in the City

Posted by | June 5, 2018

Julie Fox, Ph.D
, Professional Development Research Fellow


This fellowship will conduct applied research related to Extension organizational models and professional development.

Research question – what competencies are unique for Extension professionals working in urban or metropolitan designated areas?

Research methods include a Competency Framework Development (CFD) process based on the DACUUM model; qualitative survey research; qualitative inquiry through targeted interviews. The research will include a review of existing literature and practice as a foundation from which to initiate the CFD.

Expected outcomes – Extension leaders can use the findings to improve Extension’s ability to attract, develop, retain, and structure competent talent. The competency model is a powerful decision-making tool for developing the capacity and competency of urban Extension educators, specialists, and administrators working with multi-stakeholder agendas.



A Competency Framework Development (CFD) project was completed with eXtension, Eduworks, and research participants from all of ECOP’s geographic regions. The framework can be used for additional classifications of urban Extension personnel.

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