Tools of the Trade in Building Partnerships and Engaging Stakeholders
In addition to the director of strategic partnerships' role in partnership building, part of the focus is to help empower others to do the same -- wherever they are located in the state. This involves working with the training team and the director of off campus operations, to look at our various audiences, and arm them with the “tools” they can use to help them in their roles. That includes county engagement specialists, county or regional council members (volunteers), and those stakeholders who want to champion Extension and the work we do.
The director of strategic partnerships also works closely with the University of Missouri and University System’s government relations teams to engage and develop relationships with elected officials, at all levels of government, from local to state and federal. A portion of that involves coordinating with teams like the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES), and the UM System, to make available data resources, and people that can interpret them, to equip all of our audiences to have trusted information.
Resources for Building Partnerships
- Short curriculum on partnership building (team is developing for Spring 2020 roll out)
- Building partnerships within your county
- 12 steps to changing outcomes and addressing road blocks
- List of partner agencies and opportunities
Want to know which agencies and organizations are already partnerships across the state? Interested in finding out about resources where partner groups are hoping to connect with us? This section will soon serve as a go-to resource to get ideas, link with those already working together and more.
- When do you need to create a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)? Who can help?
Educating Volunteers and Stakeholders
- Guidelines for approaching legislators and elected officials (PDF)
- Arming volunteers and stakeholders to be Your advocates
- Establishing lines of communication with your local elected offficials
- The importance of recognizing stakeholders and volunteers
- Understanding Extension 101
The Council for Agriculture, Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET)
- What is CARET?
- MU Extension’s CARET Update
CARET Corner: News from your Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET) Representative, H.C. Russell
Frequently Requested Info
Spotlight on Innovative Partnerships by CESs
Learn what successes your CES colleagues finding and how they are facilitating.