IECA Action Plan

In November 2021, the IECA Board of Directors embarked upon the development of an action plan to guide their work over the next three years from 2022-2025.  The action plan answers the question: Imagine we have fully engaged County Extension Councils, what should IECA do by 2025 to enhance this engagement?  Goals, outcomes, and strategies to achieve the outcomes were developed.

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image of the IECA 2022 - 2025 Action Plan

Action Planning Summary

Guiding Question: Imagine we have fully engaged County Extension Councils, what should IECA do by 2025 to enhance this engagement?

Goals to answer the guiding question:

  • IECA has a broad set of benefits that are well-used by counties to improve services to their constituents
  • More council member involvement in IECA to improve county council effectiveness
  • Improve effectiveness of local councils

Outcomes we will see to know we have reached our goals:

  • Increase participation at events – council conference, legislative day
  • Increase awareness and use of IECA benefits
  • Increase member benefits offerings
  • Increase role clarity in county council membership
  • Increase networking opportunities between counties
  • Increase usage of online resources

Strategies to employ to achieve our outcomes:

Extension Council Conference:

  • More networking time
  • Employ visual cues of commonality (ways to identify people from the same region, same council committee, etc.)
  • Offer a virtual hybrid option for workshops to allow off-site participation
  • Incentives – benefit usage, not just door prizes
  • Incentives for attendance

Legislative Day

  • Make sure all IECA board members have a clear vision and details about legislative day
  • More emails (to council members) about legislative day
  • Develop talking points for board members to share

Awareness/usage of benefits:

  • 3-Minute video: Discussion of IECA benefits (EAP, legal services, IECA staff)
  • Share success stories/promos with highlights of how our benefits help serve the needs of councils
  • Promote IECA staff

Board Members connecting to Council members

  • Talking points for board members to use when meeting with councils – focused topics

Enhance online resources for Council members

  • Include links to website on all online resources
  • Partner with regional directors to train councils on resources available on the IECA website

Identify new benefits of membership

  • Needs assessment to identify council needs that we can help solve
  • Make personal contacts for ideas – ask council members about their needs and solicit success stories of benefit usage
  • Standardize interview questions for board members to ask of council members

Networking for councils

  • Regional meetings
  • Develop a potential agenda for regional meetings – each county could share both a success story and a concern

Improve council role clarity

  • 3-minute video on importance of the nominating committee
  • 3-minute video on council member role
  • Provide links to resources