Fundamentally, our work is guided by the Principles of Good Practice put forth by the Community Development Society:
Our work is rooted in the best practice of using logic models for Extension program planning, implementation and evaluation. While specific Extension programs have their own logic models, these thematic area logic models serve as our overarching framework:
To remain abreast of new research findings and innovative programs in the community and economic development area, Purdue Extension community development faculty, specialists and educators are actively engaged in one or both of the following professional organizations.
NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.
The Community Development Society provides leadership to professionals and citizens across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what’s new in the profession, exchange ideas, obtain the most current research and reference information available and share professional expertise.
You are encouraged to submit applications for awards on behalf of yourself or your colleagues in recognition of positive impact made in a community. View awards available to Purdue Extension Community Development program educators.
The Community Development training sessions showcased in this section are intended to strengthen the knowledge, skills and application of basic and intermediate community and economic development principles by our Extension educators and other practitioners (such as USDA RD – Indiana staff).
IN Work represents one of the key investments made by Dr. Henderson as a result of more than 20 community forums held across the state in 2015. A dedicated team of Extension educators and external curriculum specialist produced a quality product that is now being used by Extension educators, especially those with 4-H youth program responsibilities. In recent months, a small core team has been working on re-branding the curriculum and expanding its use by other Extension program areas. The new title for the program (and curriculum) will be Work Ready: Skills for Tomorrow (and Today’s) Workforce. Educators who currently facilitate the curriculum briefly review each module, share best practices, review the evaluation expectations, discuss the changes coming to the curriculum, and have a question and answer time.
Presented by Bo Beaulieu and Indraneel Kumar, Purdue Purdue Center for Regional Development, and Larry DeBoer, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, This webinar provides an overview of the new Rural Indiana Stats website.
Rural Indiana Stats is designed to provide individuals, leaders, organizations and agencies with access to a basic set of data that can used to guide and inform their program and investment activities. While the site is not intended to provide a full array of data items available at the county level, it is designed to offer users ready access to a core set of statistical data on Indiana’s 92 counties.
These include information on the socioeconomic, housing, and the fiscal attributes of each county. An added benefit of the site is the typologies that are available to determine the geographic classification of Indiana’s 92 counties, such as their metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status.
Presented by Bo Beaulieu, Purdue University Extension Community Development Program Leader, this webinar discusses the following topics:
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