The Western Center applies the following criteria when selecting projects or topics for research and development:
- The significance of the issue across western states
- Decision-makers’ stated readiness to address the issue and to use research based information in the process
- The potential for Extension and the land-grant university system to add value to the project
- The possibility that the project may attract outside funding resources
Western Center Project Leadership
Within each research project, the Western Center provides responses and guidance for Extension programs to advance their issue under study or to share the outcomes. These responses include, but are not limited to new program development, professional development opportunities, and policy briefs used to inform local, state, or regional policy and decision-making.