New tool for sharing land-grant universities’ impacts

On March 2, the National Impact Database Planning Committee, a joint committee appointed by the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy and the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, announced two new projects that will help us tell our land-grant story: the National Impact Database and its companion project, the Land-Grant Impacts website.

The database is an internal resource that will allow university researchers and affiliates to upload and search for impact statements regarding experiment station and cooperative extension efforts. Each land‐grant institution can designate the appropriate contact to input data and stories into the system. Contacts are selected by the research and extension directors and are issued passwords to begin contributing the best work from their institutions.

The Land-Grant Impacts website is a public portal to our three-fold mission of advancing learning, cultivating practical fields and contributing to the economy. We will share impact statements from the database in order to continue to publicize land-grant university work to national media and decisions-makers, among others.

About the website

The National Land-Grant Impacts website is a centralized online resource that highlights the teaching, research and extension efforts by land-grant universities. Specifically, the website provides access to university- and region-specific impact stories, which document the research and extension programming planned, performed and implemented at land-grant universities, including Ohio State and specifically by CFAES. As a cooperative effort of the land-grant universities, the website represents a single voice for the agricultural experiment station and cooperative extension arms of the land-grant universities. 

“The Land-Grant Impacts website is a new tool that will better inform the American people and the international community of the significant agricultural research, education and extension impacts taking place at land-grant universities across our nation, which offer practical solutions to today’s critical societal challenges,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “This website will help policy makers and the public learn more about this work that is partially supported with NIFA funding.”

Impact statements relay the results and impact of research and extension education programming. Information lists include contact information for university research and extension project leads and updates on funding, project implementation or extension education impact. Impact statements are categorized according to six focus areas:

  • Food Security.
  • Nutrition and Health.
  • Youth, Family and Communities.
  • Environmental Stewardship.
  • Agricultural Systems.
  • Energy and Bioproducts.

“Articulating positive changes as a result of agricultural experiment station and cooperative extension research and education is critical today. The Board on Agriculture Assembly celebrates the launch of this website,” said Barbara Allen-Diaz, vice president, University of California, and chair, BAA Policy Board of Directors. “Having a searchable source for outcomes of our work will help to communicate the value of our research and extension programs in our land-grant universities.”—Association of Public and Land-grant Universities press release