Academic journal article Human Ecology

Integrating Research and Outreach/extension

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Integrating Research and Outreach/extension

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Why does the integration of research and outreach matter? I am rarely asked this question, surprisingly. I am, however, asked often what makes our outreach and extension programming different from the myriad of other readily available information in this age of web surfing and information overload. In fact, it is precisely the strong and necessary linkage of research and outreach/extension that distinguishes our outreach education. Our research informs our outreach, as it should. We offer evidence-based, credible, and reliable knowledge for consumers and citizens that enables them to make well-informed choices for themselves, their families, and their communities. We offer not simply information but education. Equally important is how the needs of individuals, families, and communities, particularly in New York State, help shape the research that we choose to do and the value of that newly generated knowledge to helping people solve the problems that they face.

The importance of the integration of research and outreach led to the development of land-grant universities throughout the late nineteenth and all of the twentieth century. …

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