Cooperative Extension & Community Capacity Building in the Military Families Context

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    Keith G. Tidball, PhDMitch McCormick


  • Join the Conversation Online!MFLN Community Capacity BuildingMFLN Community Capacity Building @MFLNCCB Military Families Learning NetworkCCB SMS Icons*MFLN Group

    Our presenter today is the Concentration Area team leader for MFLN Community Capacity Building. You can find and interact with CCB on FB, twitter, MFLN and in MFLN LinkedIn group.*

  • ROADMAP*What was the intent & mission?

    What have we done?

    How does this relate to your CA?

    What is YOUR mission?

  • Intent and Mission - Community Capacity?Community Capacity involves people who feel a sense of shared responsibility and apply their collective strengths to achieve desired results. Having high capacity means that people are working together to better their community.*

    building relationship with civilian community/partner/collaborations to enhance service delivery for SM and FM -- We can't do this alone; everyone to come together to support.

    You may know this as this as "out-reach, collaboration, partnership -- some people connect this with Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC) -- all the same goal to provides services and quality of life initiatives for SM and FM

    CCB is about building relationships with our colleagues*

  • Intent & Mission - Capacity BuildingGoal: informal networks and formal systems work together to achieve positive results for community members

    Change is initiated by people in the community

    When informal networks collaborate with formal systems the ability to create change grows


    In order to build community capacity, especially to build a communitys capacity to better support service members and their families in transition, we have to work to connect formal systems and informal systems. Remember the conundrum of the two options earlier? Collaboration between formal and informal networks can prevent gaps that transitioning service members and their families might face.

    We also have to remember that change is initiated by people, not usually institutions, and that when informal networks collaborate with formal systems the ability to create change increases dramatically.*

  • A tale of Two MissionsFormal explicit mission:Create awareness about and disseminate two Community Capacity building tools:

    Community Capacity Building TRAINING

    Community Capacity Building INVENTORY


  • A tale of Two Missions*Informal implicit mission:Introduce/Reacquaint military stakeholders to/with LAND GRANT & COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM(s)

    CES represents a collection of never-failing springs on the landscape re these ingredients of CCB

  • What Was the Intent & Mission?*Explicit create awareness about & disseminate the two community capacity building tools

    2. Implicit - Introduce /Reacquaint military stakeholders with the Land Grant system, and the Cooperative Extension System(s), respectively.

  • What Have We Done?Explicit mission toolsWe worked with DoD to revise and roll out the Community Capacity Learning ModulesWe are working with DoD on piloting the Community Capacity Inventory Tool as a part of the Building Healthy Military Communities Pilot


  • What Have We Done Community Capacity Learning ModulesCreated announcement blog posts, social media blasts, and how-to access aidsAnnouncing the NEW Community Capacity Building Training program hosted by MilitaryOneSource! (Feb 1 2016)How to Easily Access My Training Hub Website (April 12 2016)Developed a Training Campaign to be trialed at Fort Drum and later used at any installation


  • Community Capacity Building Training - Fundamentals

    OverviewCommunity Action & ChangeBecoming a CCB OrganizationResults Focused Planning

    *Now that we have programs and services and identified and highlighted programs and initiatives that have done this well you may wonder how you can learn more about the topic of building capacity within your community. OSD in conjunction with ...... has developed these online training modules to........

  • Community Capacity Building Training - Advanced

    Community AssessmentStrengthening Formal Systems through CollaborationMobilizing Informal NetworksEngaging Military LeadersMonitoring Results & ActivitiesSustaining Desired Results


  • Intro to CCB Training to any individual or organizationEasy to use, self-directedAvailable 24-7


  • Intro to CCB TrainingCEUs not yet available

  • What Have We Done Community Capacity Learning ModulesCampaign-Conduct a targeted outreach event for the Fort Drum community to educate stakeholders about the Military Families Learning Network.

    1. Work with the Family Advocacy Program at Army Community Services (ACS) or related entity to present for approval, plan, and host event.2.Prepare a press release for the regionDistribute Infographic

    Leverage local news media outlets to share information about Cooperative Extension/MFLN resourcesEvaluate success*

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  • What Have We Done Community Capacity Inventory*

  • What Have We Done Community Capacity Inventory*

  • What Have We Done Community Capacity InventoryBuilding Healthy Military Communities is a seven state pilot program which aims to better understand the challenges faced by Service members and their families in accessing resources that may impact force readiness, well-being, and resiliency. The program will operate in Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Maryland, Indiana, Florida, and Oklahoma.At the beginning of the pilot, the program will perform an environmental scan to determine the assets and needs of each state


  • What Have We Done?Implicit Mission - Introduce /Reacquaint military stakeholders with the Land Grant system, and the Cooperative Extension System(s), respectively.Developed multiple webinars situating CES as Force Multiplier in Military Family Readiness MissionActively working to familiarize BHMC Pilot member with their respective State CES and facilitate new collaborative relationships


  • What Have We Done Introduce CES to MilitaryWebinarsMay 19, 2015 Military Family ReadinessJune 21, 2016 Creating Value For Military Families : Extension-Military CollaborationJuly 12th, 2016 Lunch & Learn: Making the Extension-Military ConnectionOctober 20, 2016 Building Blocks of Military Family Readiness


  • What Have We Done Introduce CES to Military* 106 Land Grant UniversitiesMilitary Installations

    A land-grant college or university is an institution that has been designated by its state legislature or Congress to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The original mission of these institutions, as set forth in the first Morrill Act, was to teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanic arts as well as classical studies so that members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education. There are 106 of them.*

  • What Have We Done Introduce CES to Military*3,143 counties

  • What Have We Done Introduce CES to Military*New York State Military InstallationsNew York State Cooperative Extension Locations


  • What Have We Done Introduce CES to Military*

  • Map Check*What was the intent & mission?

    What have we done?

    How does this relate to your CA?

    What is YOUR mission?

  • How Does This Relate to Your CA?If military stakeholders arent clear on why Cooperative Extension can we:engage military family service providers in the exchange of experiences and research to enhance professional impact and encourage professional growth? encourage the formation and expansion of a skilled and collaborative network of professionals who support significant positive outcomes for military service members and their families?combine innovative online professional development, opportunities for social learning and sharing, and the human and experiential resources of the Cooperative Extension system?


  • How Does This Relate to Your CA?The potential of the Cooperative Extension Service and the land grant colleges and universities to be a readily available force-multiplier for the Family Readiness mission area was recognized by leaders at DoD and USDA, and an MOU was signed between the two agencies to facilitate investment in developing, refining, and deploying the Cooperative Extension Service in the area of Family Readiness. *Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and policy, and Cathie E. Woteki, the Agriculture Departments undersecretary for research, education and economics, celebrate the signing of a proclamation in recognition of the DOD and USDA Extension-Military Partnership during the opening session of the 2011 Family Resilience Conference in Chicago, April 27, 2011. Courtesy photo by Shaun M. Kelly

  • How Does This Relate to Your CA?*So often, we in extension assume too much. We assume those outside extension know how awesome it is.

    They dont.

    Many have no idea what it is.

    Thats our fault.This is a great idea, by policy makers. Maximum effectiveness in implementation requires better awareness among military partners re CES.

  • How Does This Relate to Your CA?*

  • How Does This Relate to Your CA?Our MFLN work needs to serve as testimony to how awesome extension is:*Access to Cooperativ