COVID-19 Recovery

Six initiative areas have been identified where Iowans have a need and ISU Extension and Outreach has expertise to help.  

  • Reviving the Iowa economy, including the farm economy
  • Supporting Iowans in improving financial security
  • Engaging Iowans in improving food supply, safety, and access
  • Expanding educational opportunities for youth
  • Engaging Iowans in addressing mental health
  • Supporting efforts to increase access to quality child care

In Extension, we want to do all we can to serve Iowans, but we can’t do everything. Iowa State University has expertise and capacity in the six initiative areas identified above. In partnership with county extension councils, county staff, and specialists, local priorities can be addressed and established through completing the action plan tool.


Vice President Lawrence's COVID-19 Exceptional Effort Awards Program will acknowledge and celebrate individuals and teams of our colleagues who have gone above and beyond to educate and inform Iowans during the pandemic.

  • Individual and team awardees will receive a certificate and formal public recognition, and their stories and great ideas will be shared across our system.
  • One winner in each category will also receive a program award of $250 for an individual or $500 for a team that will be placed into an ISU account and can be spent through the normal ISU financial process.
  • December 11 deadline. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, December 11, 2020. Winners will be announced in January.

Nomination Process

We will use the same nomination process as the President’s award, but we will have a different online form and review committee. Nominations are limited to 500 words and must describe clearly why the nominee(s) merits recognition.

Award Categories

The award categories are intentionally broad to recognize individuals, teams, units, and collaborative efforts:

  • Excellence in Innovative Program Delivery Award
  • Excellence in Remote Instruction Award
  • Excellence in Community Response to COVID-19 Award
  • Exemplary Team or Unit Effort Award
  • Exemplary Support for Staff or Colleagues Award
  • Exemplary Support for Partner Organization Award
  • Extension Pivot Award
  • Extension Impact Award
Priority initiative area by county

Each county was asked to submit their ranking of initiative areas. The map below shows the first priority for each county that was submitted as of October 26, 2020

I-Teams listservs

To enroll in a listserv please follow the instructions below:

  • Select COVID-19 Recovery Initiative from the drop down menu 
  • We recommend you sign up for your top priority initiative from the list:
  • Once you subscribe, please check your inbox and/or spam folder for a confirmation message
  • To complete subcription, copy the email address (e.g. cr-childcare-request@iastate.edu) and generate a new email with the subject line that includes your subscription confirmation code
  • If you click the confirmation link in the email, you may get a security warning.

To view enroll in additional listservs visit the listserv page

 

Timeline and expectations

October-mid November: 

  • Counties work on action plans
  • Join an initiative team based on priority 

Before November 20, 2020:

  • Submit one or two actions plans per county

Before March 1, 2021: 

  • Extension council include priority initiative in FY22 budget
  • Counties begin scheduling programming from action plans 

Before July 1, 2021:  

  • Begin implementing action plans
  • Evaluate and report data through MyData 
  • Summarize outputs and outcomes quarterly 

 

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force's charge

April 24, 2020

We don’t know how, and we don’t know when, but Iowa will reopen for business after the COVID-19 pandemic, and ISU Extension and Outreach will be there to help all Iowans. It’s in our vision and mission statements:

VISION. ISU Extension and Outreach will advance land-grant values by engaging all Iowans in solving today’s problems and preparing for a thriving future.

MISSION. ISU Extension and Outreach builds a strong Iowa by engaging all Iowans in research, education and extension experiences to address current and emerging real-life challenges.

We are not health care professionals and our research base may not find the vaccine for this virus, but we can help Iowans and their communities recover from the business, income and life disruption caused by the pandemic. Ever since COVID-19 was discovered in Iowa it has not been business as usual, and we cannot simply go back to business as usual during the recovery. We adapted to working remotely and changed how we engaged and educated Iowans, and we must continue to adjust to their needs for recovering. Keep in mind that, "getting back to work" does not equate to "getting back to normal."

Iowans need and value our everyday programming that provides information and builds capacity. However, in the near term their priorities may change as they deal with the aftermath of home confinement and social distancing, closed businesses, loss of income and sharply lower commodity prices, and the learning slump of kids missing six weeks or more of school. How do we engage with them to solve today’s problems and prepare for a thriving future? A year from now, what will we tell state and federal legislators that we did to help Iowans recover? Five years from now, what will Iowans tell state and federal legislators that we did and what was the impact? How will ISU Extension and Outreach be remembered?

The COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is a cross section of ISU Extension and Outreach that I charge with helping to plan our role in Iowa’s recovery. Specifically:

  • Define challenges facing Iowans and their communities that are within our capacity to address.
  • Identify four to six programs that ISU Extension and Outreach will be known for addressing.
  • Determine who should be involved to organize, prioritize and plan program offerings.
  • Determine what training, marketing and reporting resources are needed.
  • Deliver recommendations to the Leadership team.

John D. Lawrence
Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Task force members: 

COVID-19 Recovery Operations Committee (CROC) members

Using the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Facilitation Report as a foundation, the committee will decide on prioritization and mobilization tactics to use across our system for the initiative areas as developed by the Task Force. These areas are:

  • Reviving the Iowa economy, including the farm economy
  • Supporting Iowans in improving financial security
  • Engaging Iowans in improving food supply, safety, and access
  • Expanding educational opportunities for youth
  • Engaging Iowans in addressing mental health
  • Supporting efforts to increase access to quality child care

CROC committee members:

Initiative Team "I-Team" Committee members

Charter for Recovery Initiative Teams (I-Teams)

ISU Extension and Outreach has identified six priority initiatives focused on assisting Iowans in recovery from the challenges of 2020 caused by COVID-19, recession, drought, derecho and other factors impacting our state.  Each initiative will be led by a team of subject matter experts including program specialists, county services and operations. This charter describes expectations for the I-Teams regarding leadership, program areas, outputs, outcomes, communication, evaluation and reporting.

Organization and function

COVID Recovery Implementation Committee (CRIC)

  • Comprised of one representative of each Initiative Team and Extension and Outreach Leadership. 
  • Meets regularly to provide direction and coordination and address questions that arise
  • Communicates across teams and to Extension and Outreach Leadership
  • Coordinates evaluation, reporting and external communication

Initiative Teams (I-Teams) Member List

  • One interdisciplinary I-Team for each of the six initiatives
  • Core members include subject matter experts from program areas, county services and operations from across appropriate units of Extension and Outreach.
  • Designated team chair and co-chair lead team meetings and represents initiative on the CRIC.
  • Identify and request support and resources needed.
  • Roles and responsibilities of I-Team
    • Program, curriculum, product, engagement, and activities identification and evaluation
    • Review recovery initiative and refine description and scope.
    • Model interdisciplinary thinking and programming.
    • Designate current ISU programs, curricula, products, engagement and activities that address the initiative that meet the Curriculum Review Process standards.
    • Review and designate products from other LGUs or partners that address the initiative and follow the Curriculum Review Process.
    • Focus on a relatively small number of programs that counties/regions can choose to create a visible, feasible and impactful action plan. Designate these offerings from across the program units as meeting the initiative goals. 
    • Identify gaps in program offerings relative to appropriate requests and determine if and/or how to address the gaps.
    • Assure appropriate evaluation and reporting are part of program offerings. 
      • Identify what if any common measures that can be aggregated across the initiative.
      • Determine goals and procedures for determining impact including change in knowledge, change in behavior and change in condition.
    • Leadership, communication and coordination within initiative
    • Lead iterative process with counties/regions to choose, implement and evaluate programming.
    • Communicate regularly and effectively with counties that choose initiative as priority (listserv, webinars, etc)
    • Provide a forum for sharing ideas and addressing challenges
    • Utilize MyData to monitor information on programming activity

Program Units

  • Provide representatives to the appropriate I-Teams
  • Nominate programs, curricula, engagement and activities to the appropriate I-Team
  • Communicate about program planning for I-Team designated programs
  • Coordinate professional development when appropriate.  This will include program specialists and county staff engaging in program delivery.

 

COVID Recovery Implementation Committee (CRIC)

CRIC Organization and Function

  • Comprised of one representative of each Initiative Team and Extension and Outreach Leadership.
  • Meets regularly to provide direction and coordination and address questions that arise
  • Communicates across teams and to Extension and Outreach Leadership
  • Coordinates evaluation, reporting and external communication

Committee Members

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