Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well.

Annual reports are the basis and foundational source material for the impact reporting conducted by science communicators at Land Grant Universities. In an effort to improve the quality of reports submitted to the (NIMSS) and other databases by all research and Cooperative Extension personnel with reporting responsibilities, Sara Delheimer, the Impact Communication Specialist, has developed a short Prezi, “Research Reporting: Why it matters and how to do it well,” that explains what good reporting looks like, including examples. All Multistate Committees are encouraged to view this presentation as part of their regular annual meetings and make adjustments to their annual reports, accordingly. In addition, directors are encouraged to share this presentation with faculty.

To watch online:

  • Click “start Presi” in the screen above or click on the link: http://prezi.com/lmiicky_liuu/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy. A presentation window will appear on your screen.
  • Turn on your speakers. This presentation includes a voice over.
  • Click the “full screen” button in the navigation bar at the bottom of the presentation window.
  • Use right and left arrow keys to navigate back and forth between slides.

Download & Print! Research Reporting Handout

To download and watch from your computer:

  • Click here to download a zipped file that contains the presentation and the Prezi application (required to run the presentation on your computer)
  • Select “Save File” and click OK (…wait for it to download…)
  • Open the zip file you downloaded. Then open the folder named “research-report531f3a42″
  • Double click on the application called “Prezi” and select “Extract all” when prompted
  • Chose the folder to extract to and click “Extract” (…wait for extraction…)
  • Navigate to the extracted folder and open it
  • Double click on the Prezi icon to play the presentation.

 

Regional Priorities (2012 – Present)

Since 2012, the Western Association of Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD) and the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) have conducted several surveys of their memberships to determine the most pressing issues, needs, and opportunities. Below we provide each of these previous priorities surveys for reference.

2012 Surveys:

2013 Surveys:

2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium

The 2013 Western Region Teaching Symposium will be held September 13 & 14, 2013 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  New this year, you can attend the Western Region Teaching Symposium virtually!  All major presentations will be available through streaming video, so you can watch, pose questions to the presenters, and learn from your desk. Presentations will also be archived for viewing later if you have a time conflict with a presentation you really want to see. For complete information  and meeting registration (free!), visit the website.

 

2013 NIFA Partnership Award

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) appreciates the many outstanding achievements of our partners in the land-grant universities and other cooperating institutions and organizations.  The Partnership Awards Program was established in 2007 to recognize some of the best of these achievements.

NIFA invites all land-grant universities and cooperating institutions and organizations supported by NIFA to submit nominations for the 2013 NIFA Partnership Awards Program.  This program recognizes outstanding contributions, aligned with NIFA strategic goals, in support of the USDA mission.  Awards for this year will recognize excellence in:

  • Mission Integration of Research, Education, and Extension
  • Multistate Efforts
  • Innovative Programs and Projects
  • Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
  • Program Improvement through Global Engagement

Nominations can be submitted for individuals or teams of up to 20 members.  Each institution may submit up to a total of two nominations for the entire institution, across all 5 categories, for activity in research, education, and extension.

Specific instructions and other information regarding this awards program are here.  Nominations must be submitted via the NIFA Partnership Awards Nomination FormAll signed nomination forms must be submitted by September 4, 2013, via email using scanned files that have been saved as .pdf or .jpg files to Chevon Gibson at Chevon.Gibson@ars.usda.gov according to instructions in the attached guidelines.

Winning nominations will be recognized at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting November 10-12, 2013, in Washington, DC.  NIFA will pay travel expenses for one person from each winning nomination, whether it is an individual or team award.

Nominations should include only individuals or teams who have performed truly distinguished service.  We ask that Deans, Directors, and Administrators thoroughly review each submission for validity of accomplishments before signing his or her approval on the nomination form.

We have many excellent examples of success in these categories across our partnership, and NIFA looks forward to recognizing great accomplishments.

 

USDA Climate Hubs

USDA’s Regional Climate Hubs will deliver science-based knowledge and practical information to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners within each region of the US to support decision-making related to climate change. These hubs are needed to maintain and strengthen agricultural production, natural resource management, and rural economic development under increasing climate variability. The Hubs will build capacity within USDA to deliver information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales. Land Grant Universities in the WAAESD have pledged their support and cooperation in this effort.

Northern Plains proposal [PDF]

Southwest proposal [PDF]

Northwest proposal [PDF]

USDA Memo to State Partners [PDF]

2013 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting (#WRAOM2013)

ch2mhillexteriorThe 2013 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting will be held October 1-2, 2013 on the campus of Oregon State University, in Corvallis, a vibrant college town in the heart of Western Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Your host committee is working hard to put together a challenging agenda as well as planning a fun evening showcasing the bounty and beauty of our university and town.

Corvallis was recently ranked as the 5th best college town, and consistently ranks one of the safest, smartest and greenest small cities in the nation. Situated 90 miles south of Portland, and an hour from the Cascades or the Pacific Coast, Corvallis is the perfect home base for Beaver Nation. Oregon State’s 420-acre campus is just blocks from downtown Corvallis. One of only a handful of universities listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the campus features stately buildings, seasonal landscaping and green, open spaces.

hotelThere is a block of rooms at OSU’s Headquarter Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, which is located across from the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, where the WRAOM meeting is taking place. The group rate is $109.00 + 10% tax per night. The group rate will be available until August 30  or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

For meeting registration, hotel reservations, and much much more, visit the conference website!

2013 ESS Meeting/WAAESD Fall Meeting

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The North Central region and The Ohio State University, our 2013 hosts, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 Fall ESS/SAES/ARD meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 through Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Hilton Easton, Columbus, OH.

**Please note that we are starting on a Tuesday and ending on a Thursday, not the usual Monday through Wednesday.**

Click here for links to registration, hotel room reservations, and the overall meeting schedule. An agenda for the WAAESD portion of the meeting will be posted soon!

Multistate Committee Update 2013-14

Multistate-Committee-Update-2013-14The Western Director’s Office has created a PowerPoint presentation, “Multistate Committee Update 2013-14″ that covers USDA-NIFA priorities, an update on the federal budget, and tips on writing better impact statements. We encourage all Multistate Research Fund project Administrative Advisers to share this presentation with committees–modify as needed!

FY2013 Assessments Available Now

The Western Director Association FY2013 assessments are now posted on the Treasurer’s website at Montana State University.

National Impact Reporting Project: Status and Update

The National Multistate Research Fund (MRF) Impact Reporting Project began in June 2012. Since then, 43 Impact Statements and several stories and press releases have been published about the important work of the National Multistate Research Fund projects. This program has been critical in educating decision-makers and the American people about the importance of Agricultural Experiment Station research and Cooperative Extension at the Nation’s Land Grant institutions.

The cost of continuing to support this program on a full time basis is $53,410/year–less than $1,000 for each of the 58 contributing Land Grant Institutions.

View this PowerPoint slideshow for an update on the status and success of the National Multistate Research Fund Impact Writing Project.