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 NIMSS, REEPort, the National Land Grant Impacts database 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.

Workshops for Faculty/Impact Writers: For the cost of travel, Sara Delheimer can deliver a customized workshop to faculty and impact writers at your institution designed to improve reporting of project impacts. Email Sara Delheimer for more information.

To watch online:

  • Click “start Presi” in the screen above or click on the link: 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.


2015 ESS/SAES/ARD Workshop and Meeting, Charlotte, NC, Sept. 28-Oct. 1

BallantyneThe Association of Research Directors (ARD), Inc. will host the annual ESS/SAES/ARD Meeting and Workshop at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge, Charlotte, NC, Monday through Thursday, September 28th – October 1, 2015.   The ESS/SAES/ARD Meeting and Workshop draft schedule (located in the top right hand corner of the website), hotel and on-line registration information is now available at:

Workshop Schedule:

Business Meeting Agenda:


2015 WRAOM, Kailua-Kona, HI, October 19-21

hawaiiThe 2015 Western Region Administrative Officers Meeting will be held October 19-21, 2015 in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Check the meeting website for registration, hotel, and other details:


2015 Western Region Joint Summer Meeting (WRJSM), Breckenridge, CO

Western Region Joint Summer Meeting, July 6-9, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge, CO is now available. Please refer to the meeting website for complete registration and meeting information, including lodging, transportation from Denver International Airport, and a meeting schedule.

WRJSM 2015:

For those wishing to extend their stay before or after the meeting, please note the following room rates:

7/2-7/4 are $169.00 per night for standard hotel room plus taxes and resort fee; $189.00 per night plus taxes and resort fee for the mountain view hotel room – subject to availability

7/5-7/11 are $119.00 per night plus taxes and resort fee.

The 2015 meeting is being hosted jointly by Colorado State University’s College of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension and planners have put together a great program. In addition, to conducting the business of our separate associations, we will use our time in Breckenridge to further our progress on the Western Perspective and Western Agenda—you will receive a final draft of the Western Perspective white paper prior to the meeting. During the meeting, we will be joined by our partners at kglobal, and by our facilitation team lead by Dr. Steve McMullin, who will help us to develop the “Western Agenda” to demonstrate the value of the Western U.S. and contributions of Western Land-Grant Universities to decision makers and stakeholders. We will also take time to identify gaps in research, extension, and teaching and make action plans to address them.

Because this meeting will focus on communication strategies for delivering the Western Agenda, Deans and Directors are encouraged to consider bringing their college/unit’s communications specialist(s).

Registration for the 2015 WRJSM closes on June 15, 2015 so don’t delay!

For meeting questions, please contact Megan Griffith at or 970-491-7401, Lori Bates at or 970-491-2858, or Sarah Lupis at or 970-491-6280.

2015 NERAOC Meeting

NERAOC2014-Soc-media_IconV4The 2015 National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference (NERAOC) will be held in San Diego, CA, May 3-6, 2015 at Paradise Point.  The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting the meeting.

WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting

portland-embassy-suitesThe 2015 WAAESD/WEDA/WRPLC Joint Spring Meeting will be held April 28-May 1, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown, Portland, Oregon. Thanks to Oregon State University for hosting this event.

Registration, meeting schedule, and hotel information can all be found on the conference website:


USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan released

USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

The USDA 2014-2018 Strategic Plan was recently released. This plan will serve as a road map for everything USDA does. It will provide direction to USDA employees as they craft policy in Washington, DC and implement USDA programs in the field. Perhaps most importantly, the strategic plan framework will increase accountability of mission delivery and ensure that  USDA delivers the best outcomes to customers. In addition, USDA will use the strategic plan to help guide decisions regarding budget and resource management.


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 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.