More research is needed to help states evaluate Extension delivery model alternatives. Given funding trends, access to all programs requires regional systems with county offices. The traditional county model provides access to an office but only to some programs. While there will be many differences, only states with specialized educators can make sufficient program investments to increase public value and funding. Stakeholders exploring regionalization need to know about the successes and failures of the early adopters. The implementation of a national agenda of high-quality research on regionalization and specialization is needed to protect Extension's historic mission.
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Morse, G. W. (2011). Regionalization With or Without Specialization: A Call for a National Research Agenda. The Journal of Extension, 49(2), Article 10. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss2/10