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K-State Research and Extension
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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

July 26, 2016

PDC Meeting Topics: Finalizing Action Plans

Submitted by Gregg Hadley

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Have you ever been asked for advice by someone? Of course, you have. We all have, and being the good family member, friend and or Extension professional, you probably put a lot of thought and care into providing that advice.

Now, have you ever given advice, only to have the advisee go off and not give you any follow up about what they did with the advice and whether it worked or not. Once again, we probably all have. It leaves us wondering whether we were truly listened to, whether the time and care we invested in giving the advice was worth it, and whether we would be willing to give the person advice in the future.

We ask our Program Development Committees for advice regarding the critical issues we need to address through our Extension programming. They put a lot of thought, effort and time into providing that advice. Do we follow up with them regarding what we did with their advice? In particular, do we let them know how their advice was incorporated into our action plans?

We need to keep our Program Development Committees well informed about how the information they provide is being used. This can be done through a meeting where we may

  • Solicit their input to help finalize action plans;
  • Ask them to provide words of support when submitting the action plan to the board;
  • Update them on past action plans; and,
  • Inform them of program successes and impacts.

For more information regarding suggested Program Development Committee meeting topics, please go to Suggested Program Development Committee Meeting Topics.