A request for support (RFS) is a tool that is used to strengthen network capacity by prioritizing needs and optimizing learning opportunities. Within University of Minnesota Extension, we implemented an RFS process through an online survey designed to help leaders of food networks identify and rank learning and capacity-building needs and indicate their preferred methods for partnering with us to meet those needs. The tool was effective in enabling us to systematize teaching and engagement and tailor efforts to the needs and assets identified through the survey. Other Extension professionals can adapt the tool to guide their work with networks.
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Bain, J., Harden, N., & Heim, S. (2017). Request for Support: A Tool for Strengthening Network Capacity. The Journal of Extension, 55(6), Article 37. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.06.37