Extension is uniquely positioned to deliver data-driven solutions to complex community issues with University applied research, particularly through crises like COVID-19. Applying the Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) framework to community development is an effective, innovative approach in guiding Extension leaders to create, document, and share long-term transformative change on challenging issues with stakeholders. Beyond the public health sector, applying a PSE approach to community development provides leverage points for population-level benefits across sectors. This article describes current public health approaches, methodologies, and how the PSE framework translates to other programs with four examples of high-impact, systems level Extension projects.
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Backman, C., Rome, C., Ryser, L., Sero, R., & Hansen, D. (2022). A New Lens: Using the Policy, Systems, and Environmental Framework to Guide Community Development. The Journal of Extension, 60(2), Article 21. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.60.02.21