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Field Staff Performance Appraisals

The annual performance review is an important and necessary tool utilized by the NDSU Extension Service. This Web site will help field staff prepare for this annual review. If you have questions, contact your district director.

Field Staff Performance Review

Field staff are asked to complete the <link documents extfspr.doc>Performance Review Form and submit it to their district director. The <link documents review_guide.doc>Performance Review Guide outlines action steps for completing the form.

<link documents agent_input_form.doc>Job Performance Input Form -- assessment of agent performance and is to be completed every five years as indicated by district director.

<link documents excellence_criteria.pdf>Criteria for Excellence in Job Performance

Impact Reports

<link documents pro_dev_plan_000.doc>Professional Development Plan

<link diversity county_annual_checklist.doc>County Civil Rights Annual Audit Checklist

Logic Model


Transformational Education

  • <link documents making_a_difference.doc>From Making a Living to Making a Difference
  • <link documents transformed_grid.doc>NDSU Extension Teaches People How They Might Transform Themselves
  • <link documents transformed_grid.doc>Transformational Education Fill-in-the-Blank Grid -- Word Document

NDSU Extension Service Staff Competencies

  • Staff Competencies are being transferred from Blackboard to Moodle. Instructions for accessing the Competencies in Moodle will be available soon.

Program Plans

<link county_leadership.htm>County Office Leadership

<link emp_roles.htm>Roles of Specialists and Agents in the 21st Century




Communities of Interest

Programs are derived from "communities of interest" and "communities of place." Communities of place are defined by where people live, work and play, whereas communities of interest emanate from the shared interests of their members.

Source: The Extension System: A Vision for the 21st Century, February 2002 Journal of Extension

Cooperation and Collaboration

The five levels of connections are networking, cooperation, coordination, coalition and collaboration.

  • Networking is dialog and common understanding.
  • Cooperation (also referred to as Alliance) is to provide coordination and limit duplication of services.
  • Coordination (also referred to as Partnership) is sharing resources to address common issues.
  • Coalition is all members involved in decision making, roles and time defined and it links formal with written agreement.
  • Collaboration is to accomplish a shared vision and consensus used in shared decision making.

On some programs, you may network with other agencies and organizations simply to reach the target audience to deliver your program. But other programs may truly be collaborative efforts where several groups develop and deliver a program together. Of course, it's important for Extension to market its programs, but this can still be done when Extension is cooperating with others on important projects.


The North Dakota Change Agents for Diversity describes diversity as any collective mixture characterized by differences and similarities. Differences may be in respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice or other human differences. 

What is a significant educational program? 

Programs are either a "BIG P" or a "little p." A small "little p" program is a short-term or one-time event. The "BIG P" program is a major educational focus that utilizes a number of methods, such as multiple educational meetings, demonstrations, workshops, multiple news releases, etc. over an extended time.


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