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Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) Update and Discussion

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ACES Office of International Programs and MEAS
Heritage Room of the ACES Library
Dec 10, 2012   3:00 pm  

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to learn about new developments in the MEAS Project in the College of ACES. On Monday, December 10, 2012, the MEAS team (Paul McNamara, Burt Swanson, Andrea Bohn, Oliver Ferguson, and Joyous Tata) will provide an update on MEAS Year 2 accomplishments and Year 3 planned activities and lead a discussion on how faculty, staff, and graduate students can get involved.

The MEAS Core Award is a 5-year, $9 million USAID-funded project which involves the University of Illinois (lead institution), Michigan State University, University of Florida, Cornell University, North Carolina A & T University, and University of California at Davis. Additional partners include Catholic Relief Services, Winrock International, IFPRI, Cultural Practices, and others. MEAS is now in its third year.

Some highlights of Monday's discussion will include:  

' New training modules and internet and cell-phone based delivery tools for extension training programs

' Launch of a Global Learning Event on Extension in June 2012, with plans for another one in Washington, DC in June 2013 and also a new Extension Training Institute in Summer 2013

' An active set of extension case studies and pilot projects underway

' Several extension evaluation projects underway, including a randomized controlled trial of a field extension program in Uganda which uses an ICT approach (Grameen Community Knowledge Worker Program)

' Extension assessments conducted in ten countries: Mali, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tajikistan, Egypt, Rwanda, Liberia, Malawi, Ghana, and India (Bihar)

' New work on extension and climate change, extension in post-conflict settings, and much more

' Developing country-level programs and efforts in Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Ghana, and Iraq

' Opportunities for faculty and graduate students and staff to contribute and get involved

Faculty: Please forward this opportunity on to your graduate students who may be interested.

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