Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development is dedicated to providing research-based information that helps create regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and cluster-based innovation, while assuring balanced uses of natural resources in livable communities in the northeastern United States.

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November 23, 2020

Return on investment, public value estimates, and using the “but for” attribution principle

An article recently published in Journal of Extension demonstrates how a team from University of Minnesota Extension quantified the economic benefits of one of their leadership programs using the “but for” attribution principle. This principle is described in detail in “The Impact Indicators Tip Booklet: Practical and Credible Methods for Using the 'But For' Rule to Document Extension Community Development Impacts," published by NERCRD and available online. Hat tip to George Morse for bringing this article to our attention.

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November 23, 2020

Webinar series on farm stress offered by Mississippi State University Extension Service

The Mississippi State University Extension Service recently launched a webinar series about farm stress, mental health and social structural issues affecting farmers and ranchers. The series is open to a national audience and will benefit agricultural producers, industry professionals, Extension agents, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees and other individuals who work in or support those in the agricultural industry.

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November 19, 2020

Rural health findings from the National Center for Health Statistics

The NCHS has recently issued two scientific reports that include rurality in their analyses. A data brief on chronic pain shows that "percentage of adults with chronic pain and high impact chronic pain increased as place of residence became more rural." Another report explores the urban-rural differences in visits to doctors by adults with hypertension.

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November 19, 2020

Insights from Coming Together for Racial Understanding trainings are published in Journal of Extension

The Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU) initiative, formed as a rapid response team by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy in 2016, has since trained 90 Extension professionals from 26 states. Several organizers and participants have documented the outcomes in a Journal of Extension article, published in October 2020. They describe a "great need for increased education and capacity building to address racism and prioritize racial equity both within our institutions and in the communities we serve" and a critical need "for administrators to show visible support."

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