During the establishment of both the WCMER and the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL), there was consensus that metropolitan programming is occurring but it was unclear whether it was a) uniquely developed for metropolitan communities, and b) if these perceptions were informed by or informed research. With this as a backdrop, a WCMER research fellow conducted an extensive literature review of peer-reviewed articles, reports, factsheets, and other appropriate literature and organized findings by topic and program areas. A WCMER webinar discussed the process and findings.
Over 2,000 unique articles were found (an unexpectedly large number). While these articles were assigned into broad categories: general reference materials; agriculture/food systems; natural resources; health, nutrition & families; 4-H/youth development; and community & economic development, no assessment of the quality of the resources were made at this time. This applied research project was only to collect existing resources.
The WCMER is looking to fund up to three (3) WCMER Applied Research Fellows to conduct further applied research utilizing this database for scholarly products, such as review articles or meta-analyses on specific subjects (e.g. urban food systems, engaging millennials, etc).