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Current Member Activities

Hot Shot Applied Research

The Western Center offers Hot Shot services to our members. When additional expertise is required for a project, the Western Center will select from a roster of vetted, professionals (Hot Shots) based on the specific expertise needed for the project.

The Western Center supports local Extension programs by:

  • Vetting and recruiting Hot Shots
  • Managing external team members
  • Contracting with universities
  • Ensuring quality and timeliness of the team
  • Supporting and managing project-related scholarship opportunities

Visit our Hot Shot page for more information.

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Hot Shots

Metropolitan Extension Evaluation

During Fiscal year 2017, the Western Center will establish an evaluation framework to create a robust evaluation of the Western Center and all member institution’s extension programs. The Western Center will establish a core set of quantitative metrics for programs to collect data on programming/projects. Additionally, the Western Center will conduct qualitative data through key informant interviews to determine impact of Extension within member states. Member institutions will have input on developing the core metrics in 2017.

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Invitational Forum

A core element of the Western Center’s applied research work focuses on producing and hosting invitational topic-based forums. These invitational forums include university researchers and key decision-makers and are intended to develop further applied research, policies and/or local programming opportunities to address specific issue(s). The forums are followed by professional development opportunities for Extension professionals in areas addressed by the forum.

WCMER Fellows

The Western Center funds competitive applied research fellowships to pursue projects related to: Extension programs; delivery methods; organizational models; professional development; social, economic, or environmental issues; and challenges or opportunities in metropolitan communities. These fellowships can be stand alone or in conjunction with a sabbatical leave for a faculty member.

Staff Exchanges

The Western Center supports the coordination and documentation of staff exchange outcomes. Additionally, the Western Center plans to secure funding to cover transportation costs for sponsored exchanges (on a competitive basis).

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The Western Center conducts webinars using GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use software allowing you to host presentations, promote attendance and engage your audience. The Western Center archives presentations on its website and provides impact and usage metrics to webinar presenters. Visit the following link to view our Webinar archive.


The Western Center produces topic-based workshops located in hosting member states. The Western Center supports the content and logistics of the workshop while the hosting state prioritize’s content, local speakers and additional activities. (e.g. in the past, a Western Center workshop was offered in conjunction with a National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) semi-annual meeting).

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