The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) defines community development as “ a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, equality, economic opportunity and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings.”

Community Development Extension programs can be found in all twelve states within the North Central Region. Given the breadth of community development as a discipline, Community Development Extension programs are implemented in a variety of ways.

Operating as a team, state Extension leaders from the twelve North Central 1862 land grant universities developed common indicators for reporting the impacts of community development educational programs. The States collectively developed this report based on in-state action. Each partner university selected a subset of the indicators for reporting.

This section hosts joint work products and resources for Extension professionals based on input from the state leaders.