This article presents a step-by-step process used in North Carolina Cooperative Extension that provides a practical guide for conducting environmental scans. While easy to use, the methods are grounded in best practices from the current literature and provide a mechanism for gathering triangulated data from both primary and secondary sources that reflects a consensus, if you will, of high priority issues upon which relevant Extension programs can be built. In addition, this process also includes identifying individual and community assets that can be used collectively with Extension efforts to address the issues more comprehensively.
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Guion, L. A. (2010). A 10-Step Process for Environmental Scanning. The Journal of Extension, 48(4), Article 11. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss4/11