Emily Smith

Host, Strengthening Our Communities

Emily Smith works as a Program Associate for the UA Cooperative Extension on the Community, Professional & Economic Development team. Primarily, Emily works to build capacity for a community visioning program known as Breakthrough Solutions as well as the UA Cooperative Extension’s statewide leadership development program called LeadAR. In addition to working with these programs, she strives to match community development resources with community needs. She is a graduate of The Clinton School of Public Service where she explored how networks are formed and sustained through participation in leadership networks and how these networks impact individuals. Emily values community participation in community and economic development. Reach out to Emily at elsmith@uaex.edu or at 501-671-2138.

Ways to Connect

Have you completed your 2020 census yet?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau strives to get an accurate count of each person living in the United States. But, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional means of census outreach are no longer available.

Begin with the end in mind. Every comprehensive program starts with a plan. These plans should include an evaluation strategy and steps for collecting that data during the program, as well as at the end.

Program evaluation data can and should inform long-term program design, delivery strategies, and funding. The purpose of program evaluation is two-fold, to determine if the program is producing the results we expect and to use the data to improve future programing for participants and other stakeholders.

The first step participants take in most leadership development programs is self-assessment.

The theory behind this is, that no one can lead others without first understanding themselves. There are hundreds of personality type assessments that vary in length, emphasis, and basis of research, including some more well-known assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the newer Enneagram Assessment, and the assessment that Cooperative Extension has taught for over 25 years, True Colors, which incorporates edutainment.

A Community Visioning process is used by communities to reimagine or reinvent their path to a desired future.

In this consensus-building process, residents, business owners, elected officials and other stakeholders, work together to identify their assets (things that are working well) and challenges (things that are not working so well).