The North Central Region Aging Network (NCRAN) formed out of a need to strengthen the potential for meeting curricular and educational demands related to the topic of aging. By pooling resources, establishing interactive and consistent methods of idea sharing, working collectively to assess community needs, and launching professional development initiatives, network members are able to effectively and efficiently address constituent needs across state lines. Early success and sustainability of NCRAN can be largely attributed to four lessons learned: (a) visioning, (b) shared leadership, (c) connection, and (d) data-driven decision making. Other Extension professionals seeking to address constituent needs may find success in forming similar collaborative networks.
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Bates, J. S., Benson, J. J., & Yelland, E. L. (2021). Forming a Multistate Network: From Passion and Coincidence to Vision and Sustainability. The Journal of Extension, 58(1), Article 13. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol58/iss1/13