Survey Results  

Results for Survey ANREP/NACDEP Joint Conference, June 26-29, Burlington, VT

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  Questions and responses (253 submissions by 1 user)
  1.   Have you attended an ANREP or NACDEP conference in the past?
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Multiple Choice
251 responses
    Yes  168    66.93%
    No  83    33.07%
  The following is a list of components of this conference. How useful were they to you in terms of doing your job or improving your experience at the conference? (Question Set)
  2.   Pre-conference workshops
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Not useful  2    0.80%
    Slightly useful  4    1.59%
    Useful  26    10.36%
    Very useful  45    17.93%
    Did not attend  174    69.32%
  3.   Opening reception
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Not useful  15    6.00%
    Slightly useful  48    19.20%
    Useful  93    37.20%
    Very useful  37    14.80%
    Did not attend  57    22.80%
  4.   Concurrent sessions
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not useful  0    0.00%
    Slightly useful  21    8.33%
    Useful  64    25.40%
    Very useful  165    65.48%
    Did not attend  2    0.79%
  5.   Regional meetings
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not useful  13    5.16%
    Slightly useful  41    16.27%
    Useful  78    30.95%
    Very useful  66    26.19%
    Did not attend  54    21.43%
  6.   General sessions
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
249 responses
    Not useful  3    1.20%
    Slightly useful  42    16.87%
    Useful  109    43.78%
    Very useful  85    34.14%
    Did not attend  10    4.02%
  7.   Award Ceremony
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not useful  16    6.35%
    Slightly useful  40    15.87%
    Useful  99    39.29%
    Very useful  58    23.02%
    Did not attend  39    15.48%
  8.   Poster session
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Not useful  3    1.20%
    Slightly useful  32    12.80%
    Useful  82    32.80%
    Very useful  95    38.00%
    Did not attend  38    15.20%
  9.   Business meeting
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
249 responses
    Not useful  17    6.83%
    Slightly useful  39    15.66%
    Useful  74    29.72%
    Very useful  40    16.06%
    Did not attend  79    31.73%
  10.   Mobile workshops
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Not useful  2    0.80%
    Slightly useful  10    3.98%
    Useful  43    17.13%
    Very useful  112    44.62%
    Did not attend  84    33.47%
  11.   Post-conference workshops
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
244 responses
    Not useful  2    0.82%
    Slightly useful  4    1.64%
    Useful  13    5.33%
    Very useful  28    11.48%
    Did not attend  197    80.74%
  12.   New member meet & greet
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Not useful  8    3.19%
    Slightly useful  11    4.38%
    Useful  24    9.56%
    Very useful  18    7.17%
    Did not attend  190    75.70%
  13.   Informal networking with fellow association members
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not useful  4    1.59%
    Slightly useful  18    7.14%
    Useful  44    17.46%
    Very useful  184    73.02%
    Did not attend  2    0.79%
  14.   Informal networking with members of another association
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Not useful  15    6.00%
    Slightly useful  38    15.20%
    Useful  74    29.60%
    Very useful  117    46.80%
    Did not attend  6    2.40%
  For each statement, how did attending the 2016 ANREP/NACDEP joint conference benefit you? (Question Set)
  15.   Increased my understanding of issues relevant to my work
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Strongly disagree  2    0.79%
    Disagree  19    7.54%
    Agree  104    41.27%
    Strongly agree  125    49.60%
    Does not apply  2    0.79%
  16.   Increased my contacts for future collaborations
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Strongly disagree  2    0.80%
    Disagree  9    3.59%
    Agree  100    39.84%
    Strongly agree  137    54.58%
    Does not apply  3    1.20%
  17.   Gave me a new understanding of the mission/function of an Extension association other than my own
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Strongly disagree  7    2.79%
    Disagree  43    17.13%
    Agree  119    47.41%
    Strongly agree  69    27.49%
    Does not apply  13    5.18%
  18.   Increased my awareness of programs related to my work
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Strongly disagree  0    0.00%
    Disagree  13    5.20%
    Agree  106    42.40%
    Strongly agree  129    51.60%
    Does not apply  2    0.80%
  19.   Provided ideas on how to access resources related to my work
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
251 responses
    Strongly disagree  3    1.20%
    Disagree  25    9.96%
    Agree  109    43.43%
    Strongly agree  110    43.82%
    Does not apply  4    1.59%
  20.   Met my professional development needs
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Strongly disagree  4    1.60%
    Disagree  26    10.40%
    Agree  113    45.20%
    Strongly agree  99    39.60%
    Does not apply  8    3.20%
  21.   Will help me do a better job of meeting the needs of my students, audiences, or clients
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Strongly disagree  3    1.19%
    Disagree  24    9.52%
    Agree  119    47.22%
    Strongly agree  102    40.48%
    Does not apply  4    1.59%
  22.   Something else not listed here
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
183 responses
    Strongly disagree  1    0.55%
    Disagree  1    0.55%
    Agree  12    6.56%
    Strongly agree  12    6.56%
    Does not apply  157    85.79%
  23.   Please describe a specific way that you benefitted from this conference.
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Short Answer
156 responses
    A totally different regional context, culture and community 
    allowed me to engage in scholarly work needed for my professional assessment, giving presentations 
    Always good to touch base with colleagues doing the same things in other states and learn from them and their experiences. 
    An opportunity to collaborate on a regional Hatch grant 
    An unexpected benefit came from the edibles food tour. I developed a great appreciation for the local food system, and am considering how to apply some of those concepts locally for our community. 
    As an ANREP member I really appreciated seeing how other states do NACDEP programming. 
    becoming aware of the breath of extension education 
    Better understood the connection between NACDEP and ANREP 
    Broadened my understanding of the issues our work might/should address. 
    Brought home new educational resources I plan to use immediately 
    By learning about what programming other people offer and what challenges they face 
    Chance to present work and research 
    Confirmed the importance of the programs I do and gave me ideas for future programming 
    Connected with a colleague at another university and planned idea for a new publication. 
    connecting with colleagues in other states 
    contacts with members of NACDEP during sessions 
    cross cutting topics (local foods, ag, natural resources) were very beneficial 
    Developed a contact with a program doing similar work in Florida. 
    discussion of sustainability needs of young professionals when Extension is overly full with 'Veteran' employees 
    Educational ideas provide by the Shelburne Farms mobile workshop. 
    Engagement reminder within the larger Extension world 
    Excellent and diversified sessions, great opportunities to network, mobile workshop very beneficial 
    Found new resources and inspiration, as from details on the Dane County Pollinator Protection plan. 
    From this conference I was able to take ideas used in similar towns and bring them back to my area for implementation. 
    Funding opportunities identified and new ideas based on different perspectives and programs shared. 
    Future collaboration 
    Gained a new idea to share with my local CSA farmers about how to structure CSA payment plans to accomodate customer paying with SNAP benefits (from a concurrent session) 
    gained new info to work with Local Foods Local Places steering committee 
    Gaining new programming ideas from other states. 
    Getting a sense of what else is going on in Extension in the country since I'm still new to my own Extension. 
    Got some new ideas for programming techniques. 
    Great discussion and feedback on my poster presentation topic from colleagues. I will use what I learned during the bicycle trail tour when helping develop a regional bike trail in my county. 
    Great ideas for new programs in my state! 
    Great networking and through our post conference workshop 
    Great networking. I like to see how other Universities operate. 
    Greatly reaffirmed we are on the right track with our programming and gave us ideas for next steps. 
    Had a great discussion with a book editor. Looking forward to writing a chapter. 
    heard about "flipped programming" (pre conference) and saw it applied in one of the break out sessions...hope to use something similar in our state program. 
    Heard of new programs from colleagues that I plan to implement in my state 
    I am a new employee of extension so I was able to learn more about the greater team I have become a part of. 
    I am new to extension - 4th week! It was great to have an overview of the program opportunities and applications. 
    I am new to my job so gave me some specific and concrete examples of what the work looks like 
    I connected with people from different disciplines 
    I enjoyed learning about natural resources issues, especially in the poster session (I am a NACDEP member). 
    I found that several others are pondering similar areas of potential expansion of our work. 
    I gathered some new ideas for improving the health and welllness initiatives through walking trails and safe cross walks etc. 
    I got constructive feedback on my programming by from my colleagues 
    I have met new extension educators in my specific discipline and make plans for a future conversation. 
    I heard several presentations that I intend to follow up on to learn more. The topics will help me build skills and (hopefully) lead to better work. 
    I learned about research that is important to the work that I do and I am interested to apply this new information. 
    I liked participating in the sessions that focused on Citizen Science. I found those sessions most beneficial and will look at bringing what I learned back to my own county program. 
    I made an incredible amount of contacts and have an action plan for moving forward now with some of my work projects. Extremely beneficial! 
    I made connections with colleagues in other states that I plan to collaborate with for future grant funding and program development. 
    I made connections with people who have experience in areas that I am new to and now have some people to call when I have questions. 
    I met a couple people who I might collaborate with. 
    I use the conference to compare/check the programs/process/direction/focus/progress in my state. 
    I was able to learn from the experience of program leaders in other states through concurrent sessions and informal meetings. 
    I was able to meet some new people and learn about new and emerging programs at other universities. 
    I will begin a collaboration with another faculty member from neighboring state on international program 
    I'm going to use the Penn State Rain to Drain program. 
    Ideas for collaboration across states. Ideas for programs to bring to my state. Feedback for how to improve my own programs. 
    Important connections. I met at least half a dozen people from my own state that I had never met before. 
    In all instances, I gathered ideas and methods at approaching my work; improved my insight. 
    Increased awareness of similar programming efforts in other states using different approaches. 
    Interesting to see how programs are accomplished in other areas. 
    Knowing what other Extension programs going on in my region. 
    Learned about different areas of programming from other states. 
    learned about iTree 
    Learned about new, relevant research for my field 
    Learned about other extension programs that could serve as models for my work 
    Learned about projects/techniques I plan to implement in my programming of immediate need. 
    Learned about ways to improve my programming, based on work in other states. 
    learned more about Extension efforts and challenges ahead. 
    learned more about iTree 
    learned new ways to enhance First Impressions, Others who are doing Starting a small business workshops, Others who are doing hospitality programs. 
    learned new ways to provide programming 
    Learned of a program similar to one of mine that I can learn from. 
    Learned of similar programming in other areas and made contacts to collaborate 
    Learned of some similar programs in other states that we can partner with. 
    learning about successful programs. 
    Learning that colleagues are facing similar problems in their regions and brainstorming ideas. 
    Links to resources I didn't know about and people I had never met before. VT was wonderful! 
    Made contact with old colleagues across the country 
    Made new contacts for project support, collaboration, discussion. 
    made some great connections with other like minded folks and found new ways to connect acoss states. 
    made some network connections that will probably lead to a new program offering. 
    meeting a diverse group of natural resource professionals with similar goals 
    Meeting and connecting with colleagues who do similar work in other states 
    Meeting colleagues delivering programs I could bring to my state. 
    Meeting colleagues from across the country 
    meeting other Extension colleagues. 
    meeting others, making presentation, presenting poster, being in VT 
    Met colleagues from other areas and learned from their experiences by sharing. 
    met one person who may be willing to collaborate on a project 
    more info on local foods 
    Networking and gathering new resources 
    Networking and new ideas for programming from things being done in other states 
    networking and presentations of work. 
    Networking is the strongest benefit 
    Networking with Colleagues 
    Networking with colleagues from my own organization as we were all in the same place together. 
    networking with community development colleagues 
    Networking with other extension professionals, learning how they implement programs 
    networking with others that work in the same area of expertise and discussing possible multi-state collaborations 
    Networking with people with similar jobs, interests 
    networking, project ideas 
    New ideas 
    new ideas for stormwater management and invasive species 
    New linkages to faculty/educators working in the same topic areas. 
    New outreach materials to share 
    New perspectives and contacts related to citizen science (the work I do) 
    New perspectives in place, people and possibilities 
    New program ideas to offer in my county 
    Obtained programming resources I will be using in my own state. Happened to be a perfect fit. 
    Offer a certificate of some sort that reflects attending the workshops 
    Opportunities to collaborate on specific multi-state projects 
    Opportunity to connect with NIFA representatives was very useful. 
    Opportunity to present at national conference; made contacts for collaboration for upcoming programs 
    Our Midwest ANREP members split into program idea groups and I lead the Pollinator Tree and shrub group which we are planning to create and share a Midwest Excel spread sheet or pollinator friendly list of trees and shrubs, all will add and edit and then each state can choose which species to promote in their state on Extension publications, etc.... 
    Out of state time to network with my own colleague, who I don't see often because of distance. 
    Peer-to-peer networking, idea sharing, and academic resource development. 
    Perspective gained on Farmers Markets during the post conference will help me steer our planning committee to be intentional in attracting more diverse audiences to the market. 
    Picked up information of what others are doing in a variety of subjects 
    presented my research 
    professional development 
    Public deliberation tools 
    Received several ideas to consider incooperating into future programming- such as new processes to consider. 
    Reconnected with coworkers from another state 
    renewed my spirit for this work 
    Saw examples of online courses being run by other ANREP members. Learned interesting new information on a wide array of topics. Met people from my university I hadn't met before! 
    Seeing and meeting other members is great. We have much to learn from each other. 
    Since our state doesn't have an ANREP chapter, it was very valuable to meet others who are doing similar work. 
    specific ideas on using art as an economic development and engagement tool; using trails 
    Strengthened my network with new Ag contacts 
    Stronger interpersonal connections with colleagues in Cooperative Extension 
    The 3-state pre-tour on sustainability was the biggest impact for me. I never would have done anything like that without this conference setting it up 
    The mobile workshop allowed me to see agrotourism in another part of the US. Very interesting and very educational. Would like to use my newly made contacts to bring a group of producer for a visit. 
    The mobile workshops were especially helpful to me -- great connections made, lessons learned from folks doing work now we're starting in my community. learned a ton from their experience. Did the food hub/intervale tour. Excellent! 
    The networking at this conference has always been the most valuable piece for me. I set up several future conversations and anticipate collaborative work to come out of each. 
    The networking opportunities 
    The networking opportunities are always may favorite part of these conferences. 
    This conference (ANREP) always helps me to "recharge my batteries" with kindred spirits interested in Extension scholarship. An added benefit was meeting with NACDEP. 
    Tools/Resources for my programming 
    Two or three sessions contained information that I can use in my work, one of them immediately. 
    utilizing economic data in local governments 
    Was able to leran about allied programs and how education is being provided 
    wildfire resources for outreach 
    Workforce development sessions & networking 
  Based on what you learned at this conference, what do you intend to do differently in the next 12 months? (Question Set)
  24.   Develop or restructure programs, products, or services for my students, audiences, or clients
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
248 responses
    Very likely  85    34.27%
    Maybe  108    43.55%
    Unlikely  37    14.92%
    Does not apply  18    7.26%
  25.   Develop or revamp the evaluation strategy for my program, service or product
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
245 responses
    Very likely  43    17.55%
    Maybe  120    48.98%
    Unlikely  65    26.53%
    Does not apply  17    6.94%
  26.   Begin plans for a collaborative project with someone I connected with at the conference
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
248 responses
    Very likely  87    35.08%
    Maybe  99    39.92%
    Unlikely  48    19.35%
    Does not apply  14    5.65%
  27.   Develop a grant proposal with other conference attendees
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
248 responses
    Very likely  22    8.87%
    Maybe  90    36.29%
    Unlikely  119    47.98%
    Does not apply  17    6.85%
  28.   Join an association committee or workgroup
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
248 responses
    Very likely  40    16.13%
    Maybe  63    25.40%
    Unlikely  128    51.61%
    Does not apply  17    6.85%
  29.   Run for an office or position within one of the associations
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
245 responses
    Very likely  9    3.67%
    Maybe  44    17.96%
    Unlikely  172    70.20%
    Does not apply  20    8.16%
  30.   Plan to attend the professional meeting of another Extension association
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
246 responses
    Very likely  31    12.60%
    Maybe  64    26.02%
    Unlikely  140    56.91%
    Does not apply  11    4.47%
  31.   Something else not listed here
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
162 responses
    Very likely  9    5.56%
    Maybe  10    6.17%
    Unlikely  11    6.79%
    Does not apply  132    81.48%
  32.   Please describe a few specific things you intend to do differently.
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Text Answer
107 responses
    New collaborations on specific projects. 
    I hope to collaborate with some colleagues on a few programs. I also could a program I would like to work with my county co-workers and try for our clientele. 
    Nothing different, per se, but rather following-up on new approaches. 
    Planning a collaboration with colleagues in another state. 
    add rigor to our program development process. 
    Will explore new research that's relevant to my field. 
    We work as "teams" so it's not a matter of what I plan on doing. I am however sure we will meed as a group and discuss how some of what we saw and learned can be worked into our programming 
    work to internationalize one of my programs include the intentional concept of how networking strengthens group process in the ways outlined by Bradley Baugham 
    Use Ripple Effect Mapping 
    develop new programs; new insight into community work 
    Received at least 5 new ideas to strengthen a youth curriculum guide for publication. Developed new skills and strengthened others to advocate for Extension. Encouraged to revisit municipality collaboration conversations as Extension in our state has not been seen as a trusted partner within government establishments. 
    Beef up some current programs and have a discussion about working more on land issues through Extension in our state. 
    Utilize new processes in programming with local Government. 
    Begin a collaborative project. 
    Maintain contact with people I met. Incorporate contacts into some ongoing multistate work. 
    * Discuss bike loop opportunities with a community planning committee. * Encourage a tree memorial project at a park in need of better mainenance. * Discuss a pine needle composting project with a community garden. * Incorporate Ripple Effects Mapping and Results-based Accountability (RBA not part of conference) into my program evaluation and logic models. * Promote a climate literacy certification for Extension educators as part of a climate ed program I lead. 
    Collect evaluation data in varying modes and over time. 
    Talk with my adviser about setting up a Realtor education session 
    I plan to do more targeted marketing for programming and do more research into the different landowners we serve. I also intend to offer programming on climate change and incorporate some ideas about how to talk about it more effectively. 
    How I approach oil & gas dependent counties I will provide a different set of factors influencing resilience I will change how I think about rural economies (as linked to urban ones) 
    I have been considering developing a new program. I attended a couple related sessions and saw how other Extension professionals were able to accomplish similar goals. I will incorporate some of their ideas, methods, research and evaluation tools into my concept locally. It was a great, meaningful learning opportunity! 
    I'm reconsidering some impact evaluations for my programs- need to do a better job with that. Also, a team of us came up with a plan to work together on a research project during the conference. 
    Approach our work overall with a more open mind. 
    I plan to join ANREP (I'm already a member of NACDEP). 
    I may check out a mobile app. that Ohio State is developing for BR&E. I may check out a new program that Maine is doing for entrepreneurship. I may become involved in some way in programming related to climate change. 
    There were some presenters who I plan to contact for copies of their evaluation questions that appear to possibly be what I need for my program evaluations. I plan on joining ANREP. 
    Expand program areas related to my work and also revisit some older programs to add new ideas. 
    I plan to overlap more with NACDEP members in my state. I also hope to overlap with other ANREP members in different states to collaborate on programs. 
    Unearth potential partnerships within my state and other states to benefit those I serve. 
    Review my notes and seek out more information about some of the programs that were described at the conference, particularly in the concurrent sessions. 
    Maintain connections with others. 
    Nothing actually - I'm on target. Maybe fit in more technology. 
    We have been offering First Impressions and will strongly consider using an app with questions designed for our needs. Will visit with West Virginia about their beautification and hospitality programs to update ours. 
    Learned good practices for presenters at a professional meeting Preparing a poster for a professional meeting 
    Offer new programs 
    put the dates on my calendar for next year 
    Join an ANREP Committee. Develop a new program based on information I gained at this conference. Expedite publication of some work I've done that I found people to be very interested in. 
    Invite another conference attendee to lend their knowledge and expertise to a newly developed community of practice in our state. 
    Forged a stronger partnership with a colleague around another organization, and helped a project in that organization change course in order to be more effective. 
    Nothing specific 
    I will follow up with PI of similar program and make changes to mine if warranted 
    I plan to implement some strategies from similar educational programs running in other states - ex. fostering a better stronger community relationship through potlucks and regular social gatherings as a part of a total program strategy. 
    We 're joining the local food working group so we can continue learning from each other. 
    I will restructure one of my programs to fit the needs of the audience more effectively based on the structure I saw in programs in other states. I will also consider expanding one of my programs to meet additional community needs based on several presentations that I saw about similar programs in other states. 
    I will be using some of the engagement techniques and facilitation processes I learned 
    Joint programs across states. 
    -Reevaluate the impact of the programs I am having. -Focus on development of trust with different organizations and individuals I work with in my county; the emphasis on trust was something that really stood out to me with this conference. -Explore potential programs I have that are successful and how I can help those further evolve into award worthy programs (Everyone likes recognition)! 
    work with SDSU partner to learn about Starting a small business workshops. 
    Incorporate new ideas into programming Begin to develop/promote youth leadership programming Engage in committee efforts 
    pursue more activities in VT 
    Have more time for presentations and question answers-- there was not sufficient time for travel between conference presentation rooms. 
    I plan to work more collaboratively and more regionally. 
    will be participating on a committee or work group. 
    I am retiring so this doesn't apply any more :-) 
    I intend to follow up with some speakers to learn more about their work and how it could benefit me. I also need to find/read some of the resources mentioned throughout the conference. 
    Learned new techniques, tools that can be incorporated into current programming efforts. Potentials include a entrepreneurship round table program that I will present to a local community team that is focused on mfg/entrepreneurship goals. Reach out to other North Central states to find potential expertise to further programming efforts, write a multi-state grant to expand program. 
    fully develop an idea on civic engagement utilizing some existing resources and programs from conference. 
    Review other online courses for ideas as we develop ours. 
    Share the West Virginia tourism booklet with our state specialist for use in Alabama 
    Use some of the ideas I heard to better utilize our volunteers, contact colleagues who are already working with natural resource enterprises. 
    Re-evaluate programming in areas I serve. 
    Thanks to preconference workshop, I can raise the level of service that I provide with community deliberations. 
    Collaborate with out-of-state contacts on watershed restoration and education activities. 
    Build stronger program metrics Launch training program to acquaint Extension educators about data resources and application Explore multi-state training for educators 
    Contact folks in another state to determine if we can collaborate on some online learning ideas. 
    Use some of the tools developed by other Extension programs 
    Look into the Citizen Science resources at Minnesota Extension Reach out to other first detector programs for materials / approaches 
    get more involved with ANREP and NACDEP, reach out to food hubs in my region. 
    Only received a few new ideas this year that could be applied to my programming. If time, I'd like to try them. 
    Incorporate some of the information I learned into my community position on the local Parks and Recreation Board. 
    Collaborative research, outreach and grant writing 
    Looking to revamp some of my projects based on ideas from other presentations. The joint conference with NACDEP was perfect for me and my work. I appreciated being able to attend some of their presentations, and almost learned more from those than from ANREP. 
    Change a current in-classroom presentation for 5th - 6th graders related to water issues to one that is more hands-on and STEM based. I will be using the Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow science experiment developed by Penn State. I will also use this experiment for an inservice training I am doing for 4-H staff in January. I plan to increase public engagement using "Liberating Structures" practices described in one of my concurrent sessions. I will read the book first to determine how I will use the information specifically. 
    Develop a more focused education and outreach program for my office. 
    Revamp program to include hybrid components 
    I will be making changes to a long-running program, adding a new evaluation technique. I will be working with another individual from another state on a joint project and presentation. 
    Collaborate with others addressing the climate change issues/concerns and resources/tools available to meet the changing needs of our clientele. 
    I learned about Ripple Mapping Evaluation and intend on using that in the future. 
    I plan to actually connect up with some of the presenters to talk independently with them about their project and consider working on that for implementation in my state. 
    Loved seeing the way local food and agrotourism has advanced in the NE part of US. I will implement a few of the practices I learned during the concurrent sessions as well. 
    # 23.... Create a MN pollinator Friendly Tree and Shrub Extension fact sheet. 
    Develop a stronger connection to my international contacts to develop a cross-cultural program for women leaders. 
    Apply for a NACDEP award 
    Introduce EAB program from Oregon into our state (Colorado) 
    Incorporate "I am from..." stories into the opening of community visioning sessions. 
    presentation should be more enlivening, poster pictures should be larger 
    Being very new to Extension community and economic systems, this experience serves to further develop my capabilities and gain some assistance/coaching on subject areas beneficial to my work and community. 
    Enhance an established program that I have running in NH with the information learned at the conference. 
    Collaborate more with North Central colleagues 
    I have a NCRCRD proposal with a person I met through NACDEP! 
    work with city to address local foods 
    Increase collaboration with colleagues in natural resources programs. 
    Utilize more technology and reach out to Extension colleagues in other states more. 
    Incorporating more Ag aspects within my scope of work 
    Learn more about citizen science activities and how to support stakeholder citizen science activities. 
    I plan to work on additional angles related to community engagement concerning climate change. 
    new collaborations 
    The ANREP conference has changed too much over the past 10- 15 years. The requests for proposals asked for innovation and interactive sessions and that is what the conference used to be. It used to be the best conference out of all of them but at this time I m am not planning on going again. Sorry just being honest, I was dissapointed. 
    Look at using citizen science as a means of advancing our Natural Resource Conservation programming. 
    Engage in a regional project 
    Increase partnership in future resaerch works 
    Write a grant proposal and a journal article with colleagues from other states that I connected with at the conference. 
    I will check with some of the colleagues I met during this conference to see what has worked well in their state before beginning several program ideas I have. 
    I plan to develop a new program or two because of information I gained at the conference. 
  How important to you was each of the following reasons in your decision to register for this conference? (Question Set)
  33.   Meeting location
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not important  27    10.71%
    Slightly important  52    20.63%
    Important  106    42.06%
    Very important  67    26.59%
  34.   Conference cost
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
252 responses
    Not important  24    9.52%
    Slightly important  72    28.57%
    Important  107    42.46%
    Very important  49    19.44%
  35.   Conference theme
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
249 responses
    Not important  72    28.92%
    Slightly important  77    30.92%
    Important  78    31.33%
    Very important  22    8.84%
  36.   Opportunity to give a presentation, poster, or workshop
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
247 responses
    Not important  34    13.77%
    Slightly important  22    8.91%
    Important  80    32.39%
    Very important  111    44.94%
  37.   Opportunity to network and have fellowship with Extension association peers
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
250 responses
    Not important  1    0.40%
    Slightly important  13    5.20%
    Important  80    32.00%
    Very important  156    62.40%
  38.   Opportunity to learn from members of another Extension association
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
249 responses
    Not important  23    9.24%
    Slightly important  62    24.90%
    Important  76    30.52%
    Very important  88    35.34%
  39.   Please explain the reason(s) you decided to attend the conference.
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Short Answer
157 responses
    A chance to do scholarship (present research), professional development, maintain relationships with nationwide colleagues, and a desirable location. 
    a colleague insisted I should go for networking opportunities 
    All of the above - workshop presentation being the most important 
    An ANREP member told me I should attend 
    ANREP is a must. It is the best opportunity to meet with NR Extension Peers. Cost was a little high, mainly because getting to VT is not that easy. I found ways to economize. I liked Conference theme and tried to structure my presentation around it and was a little disappointed that, as far as I could tell, most people did not address theme in their presentations - it was pretty much ignored. 
    ANREP is like family. I love attending and connecting with everyone. 
    Assist with preconference workshop, present poster, interact with other NR Professioanls 
    Attending this conference is one of my main professional development activities as I find great value in connecting with colleagues from across the country and in learning about their work. 
    Be exposed to new program ideas. Meet people d 
    Board member and have attended everyone of the NACDEP conferences! 
    Co-presenter of a session and wanted to learn new ideas to bring home 
    colleagues, now retired, had gone in the past. my turn. also, opportunity to present session at conference and meet people interested in similar work 
    Committee meetings, give presentation, learn about other programs 
    Conference theme and opportunity to network 
    Despite the high cost of registration, rooms and flights networking with peers and sessions made it worth the cost, but I'm concerned of the many with budgets that may have been too small. 
    Excited to present research and meet others 
    Exciting theme and engaging speakers 
    Extension leadership obligations, presentations, networking, location 
    Fairly new to Extension and needed broader exposure to the field. 
    First time attending. Opportunity to present poster and sessions relevant to my work- Master Gardener State Lead 
    First timer, new to Extension CD, Vermont, colleagues recommended 
    For the food track. It also gave us the opportunity to have a post conference workshop. 
    For the homophily! 
    give presentation 
    Good opportunity to meet other extension professionals and close to home. 
    Great Location, Great chance to network/learn even though my presentation was not accepted 
    Habit (?) Important to support national organization. There are always good takeaways. 
    Had never been to NACDEP and my colleagues expressed its importance.Wanted to see Trudy Rice elected to board; when she got the award it was even more important to me to be there. 
    Had never been to Vermont, wanted to try presenting an Ignite session 
    Had professional development dollars that I needed to spend 
    I thought the connection with ANWREP would be fun and I would learn something new. 
    I always attend for prof dev 
    I always attend NACDEP, national collaboration 
    I am an ANREP member and I learn a lot at these conferences. 
    I am new to extension, the conference was nearby, and therefore it seemed like a great opportunity to understand the tone(s) of our work (including nationwide). 
    I am no longer attending the annual meetings of my disciplinary association because NACDEP provides more applied opportunities to learn 
    I attended because it was a joint NACDEP/ANREP conference - great leverage of dollars/funding to cover two meetings in one. 
    I do outreach work that bridges natural resources and CED, so I thought this was up my alley, and am also new to Extension. 
    I enjoyed last year's conference. 
    I find great value in networking with my colleagues and learning about extension programs across different states 
    I had never been to Vermont, so that seemed fun. The main reason I wanted to attend was the joint meeting with ANREP. Much of my CD work would fall under ANREP so I learned a great deal from their presentations and felt a good fit that I had not at previous NACDEP conferences. 
    I had not attended NACDEP in some time and had research to present that would fit NACDEP work in many different states. 
    I have program responsibilities in both natural resources and community development areas so this was good opportunity to combine both at one conference 
    I just started my position as an extension professional and it was fantastic to see everything that they do acrsoss the country. 
    I know the value of the networking opportunities at this conference. I love the opportunities the conference provides for NATIONAL LEVEL teaching, service, and networking. 
    I spoke at a session. 
    I think the time to connect with my fellow Extension peers is important. (And Burlington was an appealing location). 
    I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn more about how others in extension work 
    I try to attend all ANREP national conferences. 
    I try to attend annually to be an active member of the association 
    I was asked to attend by my supervisor, but I was also interested in attending on my own because I wanted to learn from professionals running similar programs in other states and to share my program. 
    I was eager to learn from colleagues and to present with my colleagues. 
    I was hoping to learn and take back detailed strategies of successful projects and processes of evaluating those projects. 
    I work in community food systems, and Vermont is known for their local food system work. I was particularly sold on the conference because of the tour opportunities. Also, I have a backgroud in Natural Resources and bring that into my current Community Development work--so having both associations in one place was exciting to me. Furthermore, the theme of resiliency is important to me. 
    I'm highly involved with NACDEP, I enjoy it, and I was intrigued by both the location and the opportunities to learn from ANREPers. 
    I've attended every ANREP conference since the beginning - a great professional development and networking opportunity 
    I've never been to an ANREP conference - it was great to see some faces from there that I haven't seen in years. The resiliency theme is extremely relevant, esp as we face increasing impacts of climate change. Lots of reasons I attended. 
    In "extension", we all support one or more technical program areas (e.g. water quality, wildlife, etc.). There are plenty of venues to go to, present at, etc. for technical aspects of that program area. Byt, ANREP is the only place at which we can all share and focus on doing extension within that technical program area. 
    In my region, liked the idea of two organizations - but topics didn't seem to bridge communities and natural resources very thorougly 
    It is my primary professional organization and the conference is well attended by the colleagues at my university. 
    It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about two program areas - community development and natural resources. 
    it was held in Vermont 
    It was the annual conference of my professional Extension association and I attend yearly. 
    JCEP Marketing Team responsibility 
    Joint conference of anrep and nacdep. I loved that. Would love to see additional joint conferences. 
    Learn new programming approaches 
    Location - somewhere I have never been with a vibrant city and local attractions 
    location and ability to network and learn from Extension peers 
    Location and acceptance of presentation 
    Location and agenda 
    location and involvement in presentation. 
    location and my presentation was accepted. 
    Location and presentation acceptance. I always try to attend the ANREP conferences. 
    Location and topics on the agenda 
    Location in VT; "kindred spirits" who "get" Extension!!!! 
    location, grant money and opportunity to pitch current program 
    Location, location, location... 
    location, present 
    location, presentation 
    location, timing, fuding, opp to link to other personal improvement time 
    meet with members of ANREP 
    meet with peers. 
    My county recently participated in a First Impressions program which allowed me to get involved in Community and Economic Development work. 
    My extension work includes overlap between Community Development and Natural Resources 
    My state had funding that was overage this year, and as such I could afford to go,,, airfare was terribly high from the midwest. 
    My supervisor felt it would be beneficial for career development 
    My talk was accepted, I was interested in the location, and I found that some of my counterparts at other universities would be attending. 
    NACDEP is a saving grace! 
    NACDEP is a very good conference. I can find colleagues to learn from, network with and gain expertise for my own programmatic efforts. 
    national conference required for professional development 
    Need to present for promotion. 
    Needed annual professional development with others in my field. 
    Network and gain ideas for improved programming 
    Network with colleagues. Learn about new programs that could work in my state. 
    Networking and holding a pre-conference meeting 
    networking and learning about a new area of the country 
    Networking and learning from other Natural Resource Extension Pros. 
    Networking with other ANREP members 
    Never been to Vermont and to gain valuble resources I could use in my programming 
    New to community development area and wanted to learn more about it. I was not disappointed. 
    One time each year I can network with other CD professionals for an extended period of time. 
    Opportunity for a professional presentation and to see work being done in my field by other universities. 
    Opportunity to present and meet other Extension educators. 
    Opportunity to present work and gain feedback at a location that I wanted to visit 
    Opportunity to present. 
    Opportunity to share programs and network with colleagues. Convenient, attractive location. 
    Opportunity to take what I learned in a project and share it with colleagues in a presentation. 
    Present a poster, network with other Extension professionals, find useful resources to use in my education and outreach programs. 
    Present research 
    presentation and poster 
    Presenting, Professional development, Drivable distance 
    primarily a chance to network with colleagues from other areas of the country I don't get a chance to connect with face to face out side of the conference setting 
    Prof development, presentation, connection and network building 
    Professional develoment, networking, received awards. 
    professional development 
    professional development and networking 
    Professional development and program improvement through sharing of ideas 
    Professional Development, Share a poster and give a presentation 
    Same as always. It's a great pro. Dev. Opportunity. 
    second year, trying to assess the value, ROI of these for my work, leaning towards it not being worth membership nor cost of attending meetings - very little value to me 
    See what types of programs are happen across the country 
    Seemed like a good fit for getting some new ideas for my programming 
    Self development in the area of extension through meeting more experienced persons. 
    Since I work in both Natural Resources and Community Developement, I was able to garner information from both professional associations. 
    Somewhere that I could drive to. Had never been to an ANREP conference before 
    Support my colleagues and network with other from across USA. 
    the 2014 Conf. was wonderful. 
    The ANREP meetings are always excellent, and I was excited at the opportunity to travel to Vermont. I was able to present a program and a poster, which are important professional development opportunities. 
    The conference was in VT. 
    The opportunity to network with colleagues from around the country; whom I wouldn't otherwise see (or even know). 
    This conference is one of my best chances to learn about innovative natural resources extension programming. I need it to learn what is working in other states, how i can better my programs, and the lessons learned from other programs. 
    This was the national meeting of my professional association. It also provided a great opportunity to present on the national level. 
    Thought it would offer a good networking opportunity. 
    To get new program ideas and connections. 
    To help me with my job 
    to learn from others, network and present scholarly work 
    To make others aware of our work and gain ideas of how to do work differently. 
    To network with fellow colleagues and learn how other similar extension positions are leading their programs. 
    To offer presentations, learn from colleagues, network 
    to present 
    To present and learn 
    To present and receive an award 
    To present and visit a new part of the country for me. 
    To present. In service to my professional organization. To renew relationships. 
    To visit Burlington VT. 
    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend at the last minute 
    Vermont proximity to me; presenting my work; had hope to connect with possible employers at US Universities 
    Was able to present a new offering we had, connected with other Extension personnel 
    Was able to present at the conference. Networked and met many attendees that I hope to connect with soon. 
    We were selected to present a session. 
    were both together and I am a member of both 
  40.   Would you be interested in a smaller regional conference for your organization?
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Multiple Choice
249 responses
    Yes  98    39.36%
    Maybe  111    44.58%
    No  40    16.06%
  41.   Would you be interested in future joint conferences with NACDEP or ANREP?
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Multiple Choice
250 responses
    Yes  126    50.40%
    Maybe  92    36.80%
    No  32    12.80%
  42.   What do you think was the most important benefit of having a jointly held Extension association conference?
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Short Answer
162 responses
    A larger conference 
    A lot of our issues overlap. 
    A lot of our resources and programming overlap. It's good to bring folks together to see how they can better work together. 
    Ability to "systems think" across the topics of both associations. 
    Ability to attend sessions provided by the other organization. 
    Ability to learn about complementing work being done by ANREP'ers. 
    Ability to network and learn from a wider variety of attendees and presentations 
    adds a richer dimension to the meeting 
    Areas of cross-pollination were really interesting. 
    Areas of overlap; pretty sure I had attendees from both organizations in my session. 
    Areas of synergy -- community food systems especially 
    As a new ANREP member, I don't really know what it is like to not have them together,. 
    Benefits to doing occassional, but results in fewer opportunities from ANREP members to present 
    Better opportunities with a larger audience 
    Broaden my network and my programming resources and knowledge 
    broader definition of important issues. 
    Certainly can be strong linkages/inter relationships between CD and NR. 
    Certainly in regard to economic and community development, there was a great deal of overlap. I know that it is essential that, as the final speaker noted, we must re-monetize the economy. In NH, it is essential to understand our natural resources and to find new ways to discuss their value. 
    collboration, but the benefits did not outway the costs 
    communcation leading to sharing and understanding 
    Concurrent sessions that tied both together; or were a fit for both groups. 
    Content overlap and cross disciplinary opportunities. 
    cost savings 
    Cross collaboration with folks 
    cross fertilization of ideas 
    Cross program discussions and sessions 
    cross program resource sharing 
    cross-cutting conversations and presentations-- we should be having more opportunities to brainstorm between associations 
    Cross-pollination, better understanding and opportunity to hear more about community development programs. 
    Different cultures sharing, nice fit for those with overlap 
    diverse topics and ability to meet others across associations 
    diversity and unsiloing our programming. 
    Diversity of perspectives 
    Exchange of ideas and programs to spur collaboration 
    Exchange. Realizing that these folks approach the world the same way I do... program development!! 
    Expanded base of individuals to get to know 
    Exposure beyond silos, hybrid vigor 
    Exposure to how CD work folds with other Extension organization programming. 
    Gaining exposure to topics and ideas outside of my discipline. 
    Gathering ideas from an association that approaches situations differently, thereby giving me new tools to work with. 
    Getting a glimpse how research and extension work together to bring knowledge and service to the community. 
    Getting a new perspective on issues both associations are dealing with. 
    Getting to know new colleagues with similar interests 
    Good to discover overlapping interests 
    Great cross pollination; I do community development by default as a rural Extension educator and got introduced to lots of great ideas. 
    Honestly...I didn't attend any of the ANREP sessions. I'm bad!! 
    I am a member of both so double benefit 
    I am hoping the costs 
    I appreciate the other organization but have to focus on my discipline. Don't have enough time or energy 
    I attended sessions in each area - natural resources and community development. 
    I didn't find it to be especially beneficial. 
    I didnt see the value but maybe others benefitted 
    I got a different perspective on the work I do, I learned to identify new opportunities for programming 
    I had way more overlap with NACDEP than I knew (didn't realize I had any). Realize how issues they address fits with my research. 
    I learned a lot about the work of ANREP and how we can partner with that group. 
    I learned technical inforation related to issues I deal with as CD extension specialist 
    I love the idea but i didn't see much benefit at all. 
    I loved having it with ANREP. The majority of my job duties is in Ag and Natural Resources. 
    I thought the combination was GREAT! I would be happy having the two organizations combined for EVERY ANREP conference. Some specific reasons: 1. It seemed like more people attended each concurrent session, presumably because there was a larger pool of participants. It's no fun to speak to a room of 5, so I really liked the larger crowd. 2. There is a lot of potential overlap and areas for collaboration between our two associations, so it was good to make those connections. 3. There were quite a few  
    I'm guessing larger attendance = lower per person costs. I really would have rathered just meet with my association. Too much (including all the plenary sessions) were not applicable for me 
    I've attended ANREP, but have always wanted to attend NACDEP, but could not afford both! Please do this every so often! 
    Important to connect the two associations. 
    Important to see program overlap and ID ways to collaborate 
    In my opinion, there was little benefit. Most of the time, the associations were separated, and most of the sessions were also segregated-- there were not many that would benefit both NR and CD professionals. And, most of the sessions were catered toward NR. 
    Integrating opinions and ideas from different organizations. 
    It was beneficial to learn from members of another organization. I attended a few sessions and learned quite a bit. 
    It was great to cross-pollinate, but I feel like we lost some of the intimacy of past conferences. 
    It was interesting to see another associations programming but not much could be applied to what I do. 
    It wasn't of benefit to NACDEP. ANREP took charge of too much. 
    larger conference 
    Larger more diverse audience for cross-cutting themes 
    larger number of attendees 
    learn from each other and find our mutual work 
    Learn more about other program areas' plans of work 
    learned more about what the other group does - but more formalized interaction couldhave improved this 
    learning about other programs I would not normally have access to 
    learning new methods and approaches that apply across fields 
    lot of overlap between the two associations (and I also belong to NACAA) 
    Lots of overlap among work areas; it was great. 
    Makes sense- natural resources and economic development are connected. 
    Many of the presentations perfectly crossed the work that I do with both natural resources AND community development 
    maybe hold joint in 10 or 15 years 
    Meeting new people and learning more about community development work. 
    meeting people with similar goals but slightly different content to convey to audiences 
    more exposure to large group of ext professionals 
    More options for concurrent sessions and more diverse ones at that 
    More people present. Some additional thought to the "then what" question that follows up good ideas with a pathway to economic development. 
    More people! 
    My work spans the topic areas of both associations. 
    NACDEP members are interested in many of the same things ANREPers are. Great people too. 
    Natural resources issues are becoming increasingly relevant to community and economic development issues. 
    Networking and learning the common ground areas of programs 
    Networking. Broad range of session that overlapped between community development and natural resources. 
    new ideas 
    new perspectives and stepping out of comfort zone 
    new topics 
    No benefit. It was a negative. 
    not sure 
    Not sure of the benefits. 
    Not sure there is one 
    open discussion and awareness 
    opportunities for interdisciplinary work 
    Opportunity to learn from others who are focused on community quality of life/natural resource issues that impact my work within the community as well. Broadened my horizons! 
    opportunity to see chances to use both of our skills together 
    Opportunity to see overlap between two associations; although I did not find much overlap with my work. 
    overlap in work 
    People could cross attend sessions.... 
    Personally, there was no value to this joint endeavor for me. It actually hurt my experience more than helped it. While I really liked some of the people I met through this conference from the other organization, I did not garner anything professionally from their presence in regards to the work I will continue to do. 
    Potential collaboration; cost savings for members of both 
    Professionals with similar and synergistic work being able to comingle 
    program efforts overlap...this type of conference offers the chance to attend some sessions with topics outside our normal programming and get a different perspective on how other are using programming resources 
    Programmatic overlap 
    Recognizing the influence that each area has on the other. 
    related disciplines interacting 
    Rubbing elbows with people outside of our respective silos. This is maybe even more important for people who never intermix with someone from a different specialization. 
    Saves time and money for both of our organizations and members. 
    See differing view points and more broad knowledge base 
    seeing a greater diversity of work 
    Shared knowledge and leveraged reources across discilplines or "silos." 
    Shared learning and potential collaborations 
    Should be an effort to reduce costs of hotel/conference per attendee. 
    So much of what we do crosses over into other areas of Extension. This was the first conference I have ever attended where the water quality programming presentations made sense and weren't a bunch of mumbo jumbo science data and graphs. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet ANREP members and see what they were doing, as much of it relates to the water quality work I do in the CD unit. Networking and a greater perspective of what Extension does. 
    Strong presence of local, sustainable foods. Connecting community to natural resources. 
    The ability to see a larger view of Extension 
    The breadth of session offerings was much wider than if we had held separate conferences. 
    The conference was almost a "total fail" as far as being a joint conference. No real intentionality in creating joint interactions. 
    The idea was great but the two groups were not integrated enough 
    The nice mix of sessions between the two disciplines. 
    The opportunity to make connections and perhaps work together on projects 
    The opportunity to take what others were doing outside my program area and look for ways to implement their good ideas. 
    The overlap between two organizations that are closely related when it comes to working with our clients. 
    The program I deliver needs to address and work with other extension program fields; therefore, it is beneficial for myself when I attend joint conferences to learn about programs that could also influence the work I need to do. 
    The two groups are similar and topics overlap 
    There are important areas in which we have collective goals. 
    There are many overlapping issues that we can all relate to. 
    There were some areas of overlap with community development. 
    This one 
    To help bridge gaps and remove silos. 
    To see what others are doing 
    To stimulate discussion about how these two program areas overlap. 
    to work on projects together 
    Today there is a lot of crossover between the two professions within Extension. It seems Extension is moving more and more to wanting to evaluate nearly everything on the economy of efforts and their impact on our environment or communities. 
    Transcend disciplinary boundaries 
    Understanding the work the staff do from the other association. 
    Understanding their respective work 
    Variety of sessions but also ability to link technical science aspects with community development and outreach folks. 
    We both benefitted from the other's experience (slightly different perspectives were refreshing) 
    Wider array of people to meet and iteract with. 
    Wider audience and network. 
    Wider variety of topics and ideas. 
  43.   Overall, how would you rate this conference?
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252 responses
    Poor  17    6.75%
    Average  62    24.60%
    Very good  126    50.00%
    Excellent  47    18.65%
  44.   Please give ideas as to how the conference could have been improved, especially if you rated the conference "poor" or "average".
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Text Answer
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    Presentations were full of out dated and hyperbolic tropes with little academic basis for any of it. Incredibly anti-intellectual all the way around. Plenary talks were specifically terrible for this reason aside from the concurrent sessions I attended. Facility was terrible...I pity anyone with mobility issues at this conference. Way finding was also terribly difficult. 
    More coffee, tea, and snacks at breaks; more water availability-often I could not find water to drink; more food stations at all meals-especially receptions and lunch; food quality was moderate to low. Also, food supplies were low many times. Food quantity and quality, though a major expense, is something people remember about a meeting and I think something to invest more resources in. Meeting location was great (hotel and city). The Urban Forestry tour was excellent. 
    I think a printed program would have been nice. It was hard to go back and forth on the app at times. I also think a few minutes between presentations to get of room to room would have been appropriate, I hated leaving early at the q&a and getting to the next session late. 
    -printed agendas -expensive for what we received -location difficult to get to and hotel seemed underprepared -lack of food/snacks/cokes/coffee -topics covered were not very diverse -Overall organization of conference could be improved 
    The hotel layout, with meeting rooms spread apart quite far, made it a challenge to move from one session to another easily. Although I understand the need to limit the expense of coffee breaks, having the exact same breakfast offering each morning was simply poor decision-making. At least one breakfast could have featured a hot breakfast. 
    Excellent conference. I learned a great deal. Thank you for all the work that went into it. Please see my comments about the hotel under #53 
    The online schedule was a great idea but poorly executed. A better organized online schedule in addition to large posters with schedule info/a hotel map would have made navigation much easier. 
    My complaints are minor. 1. Please put institutions on the nametags. 2. Please make the keynote and ignite presenter and abstract information available on the mobile app. 
    better control over field trips. We stood out in the sun for a long time, next to a busy highway, to listen to people who could have talked to us anywhere. I couldn't hear it anyway, because i was in the back of the group, and the traffic was noisy. That was unpleasant and unnecessary, and the low point of an otherwise very useful field trip. 
    Thanks to the planning committee for working so hard to provide us this opportunity to network, visit, and learn. It was a nice conf. Some of the logistical issues (no coffee, scattered rooms, small rooms, long lines,no folders,...) were distracting but no huge barriers. What was missing; however, was a greater emphasis on science. There was no session focused on fundamental and science. A few presentation had some basic science (such as brain chemistry and trust) but otherwise there was a big lack of fundamental science. Presenters generally did not have the science background of what they were presenting. 
    Conference is very expensive. Please include a student rate for future conferences! 
    The reason I came was to present my research and hopefully connect with others through this research. The was the posters were done, put in the back of the room like that, made them seem like an unimportant afterthought. If the organizers of this conference wanted these posters to be any kind of priority, they would have done a better job of organizing the poster session. I was very disappointed in this aspect of the conference. 
    Pre-approved Continuing Education credit for my professional organization would have been a nice benefit. i.e. Society of American Foresters CF credit 
    Recommend reading the names of award winners for off years, e.g. for the 2015 winners have their names read and ask to stand up individually. will not take that much time, but it is important (to recipients, colleagues and family members) to have award winners recognized at ANREP conference. 
    name tags could have had the person's name and association AND STATE rooms without windows are highly undesirable not enough time to network with others I was not enthralled with the online schedule, but it did work, mostly 
    Coffee and tea. (You knew that would be said.) Paper agendas. (I really liked your on-line ability to print out my agenda, showing just what items I had selected.) Too many presenters did not know to make the fonts large enough so they could be read. One decided she did not need the mic (she did) and her 12 point font on the PowerPoint (yes, really, 12 point font) could not be read. Could not read or hear that presentation. We know adult education means oral (speaker), visual (PowerPoint), reading (handouts), and experiential (activities). My University expects our programs to have each of these elements. Not having the handouts saves money, but has us setting a poor example in practicing adult education techniques. Not good. Ignite presentations: Put up the PowerPoint showing the text and email to vote. But they went to the next slide before people could open their phone/boot their tablet to get it entered, even with people in the audience saying "wait." Then at the end the slide only had the text information. So people at my table could not/did not vote. 
    Make sure the hotel has the billing information for attendees so they are not billed (twice) after the hotel room has already been paid for by our organization. Make the conference more focused on natural resource stewardship programs. Make coffee available to guests. 
    More presentations with specific DETAILS about HOW the projects were accomplished. More presentations that teach and provide templates that communities can take back with them that are SPECIFIC. for example, as extension agents we all understand that community art and gardens and evaluating programs are important, we would like to learn exactly HOW other programs have been successful. What challenges were faced and how were they overcome? The hotel itself was the worst hotel experience I have ever had. The layout was terrible for a conference and so was the service. The sessions were poorly spaced with zero time to get from one room to another. There should have been an App for Sched not just a link. A paper hand out of the schedule would have been more helpful. The tour I went on felt unorganized, as if the businesses we toured had no idea we were arriving that day. 
    For $450, I would hope to get coffee during the day, not just at meals. The concurrent sessions were logistically challenging -- hard to get from one to the other, hard to find, not well differentiated in the App. 
    The hotel set up was not good at all. Felt like trying to work my way out of a Vegas casino! Coffee?? Felt the food could have been better; breakfast was lacking. Please...if you are going to use the sched app moving forward; at least give people the opportunity to print out their own WORD documents so we could have it available!!!! While I appreciate the use of technology; that particular one sucks!! 
    Much too long Most people had far too much information in their presentations to communicate effectively in 30 minutes. Limit slides and provide advice on FEWER words (good presentation techniques were NOT on display at this conference - yikes) 
    More time between sessions 
    Lower the cost, bring in a nationally recognized plenary speaker, not a locally recognized one - not relevant or particularly insightful nationwide. Plenary speakers were not inspiring and did not push the boundaries of our fields, which is what you want in a plenary speaker. Concurrent sessions were a mess with one starting at the same time the next ended, leaving no time to get to a different session or connect with a colleague from that session. I don't like to complain about conference food, but considering the total price the breakfast was an abysmal start to each day. The content of a lot of my sessions were typically uninspiring/not innovative and either 1) far to specific to a local project or program w/ no clear takeaways or key concepts 2) too broad with over-use of jargon and irrelevant data. Need better and more engaging speakers. Death by PowerPoint, as they say. There were 2 speakers that energized us with the Ignite sessions, the rest of the Ignite speakers completely missed the point. The attempt to combine the two disciples did not seem authentic or intentional on the parts of the organizers. Why separate business meetings during an important networking time (lunch)? Why no breaks or attempts to encourage sessions that push the envelope in thinking in our fields? 
    The session descriptions were not available until the start of the conference. The workshop titles were available, but only shortly before the conference. I was told I had to go to this conference and had no idea what it was about until I showed up. Workshop descriptions need to be available at least 2 weeks in advance, especially since there were no hard copies of the schedule. I don't have a smart device and it was difficult to navigate to sessions since there was no opportunity beforehand to print the schedule and decide which sessions to attend. Also coffee should be provided at least for the morning sessions. I recognize that must have been an additional cost, but one that I'm sure folks would rather have than to go without it. 
    the amount of information was overwhelming; 
    Maze of a conference space. Need more maps. Need more time between sessions. Need fewer sessions. Need longer sessions. Need more in the field work. Need to involve actual practicum---hands-on workshops. Need more time to hang out with colleagues outside of the conference. Why do you have a karaoke event----seems uncreative and totally not up any of my colleague's favorate things to do... More like last thing we'd do. Need more coffee. Need more meals on our own to explore. Need more tours. 
    The conference was well run/organized. Burlington VT was a Great Location. Location is a top consideration for me when choosing professional development conferences. Naples, Park City, Fairbanks, Sacramento and Burlington have been fantastic. Wheeling West Virginia...not so much. 
    The timing of the concurrent sessions made it very difficult to move to the topics I wanted to attend. I missed several because I couldn't get out of one, and to the next without any break. I would like longer sessions, I know this is not the only conference that has 30-minute presentations, but I like opportunities to learn more and have discussions and questions and feedback from the audience about what they know or do related to the topic. Presenters mostly seem rushed. 
    1. Information on emerging issues in CD 2. Awards done together which focus on project willing not who wins so we can learn from the project. 3. Regional activity that is not a meeting 4. Names of states on the nametags 5. A break in the first day - too many sessions 6. Too heavy use of initials, abbreviations etc. not everyone knows this and it makes one feel left out. 
    No joint conference. Less expensive venue. 
    Keep associations separate. Better catering--the reception setup was terrible--I spent one entire reception waiting in a painfully slow line for the food because the hotel does not know how to move a line through, and by the time I got to the front we got called in for the awards. The evening farm to table banquet only had enough seats for half the attendees. I don't like to eat standing up. And they kept running out of things, like plates. And the "breakfast" was lame. 
    1) Include the home state of the participant on the name tag. 2) Briefly state the public transportation opportunities (I.e. the bus stop just outside the hotel going downtown every xx minutes, cost...) 
    Rooms closer together More IT help with the schedule online. Many people finally understood how to work the schedule and updates at the Ignite session at the end. Move the directions to the beginning. More posters I attended the Go With the Flow mobile workshop. There were only two stormwater abatement projects viewed. Make sure the subjects are worth taking the time to look at. 
    Food was poor. Needed variety in breakfast. Receptions should not have been in hallway, that was too congested to network well. No need to judge posters. We dont present to "win" or even be judged. The schedule was confusing. No printed program is fine, but give us a print version to at least read. The clicking was annoying and how the sets of 3 workshops were broken up was confusing. I really like 90 minutes, but they all need to be at the same time to keep people form coming and going. 
    terrible conference physical layout extremely costly (dollars and time) to reach from the west coast and not enough of 'location value' to justify the cost. the concurrent session idea did not work out well with trying to attend single talks - which may not have been you intent but the online app did not link 3 talks into 1 session (like the paper copy) and I only used the online app, so was completely caught off guard by the lack of time to move between talks let alone the extreme distances needed to cover 
    cost seemed high, rooms were a long distance apart and sometimes small, improve general speakers so they are more motivational. The awards part seemed very low-key. Was nice to do with the meal at prior conferences Paper schedules requested. It would only need to be the general schedule and break-outs. Front - back? Vary the breakfasts. 
    You haven't asked about problems, but I think people need a paper program. The sched encourages people to use their phone, which means they do email instead of listening and engaging. And there was no way to give sponsors airtime. The rolling ppt should have been stopped when plenaries started, and could have advertised sponsors. These are not fatal flaws... just suggestions for next time! 
    Integrate the local arts into the conference during breaks, breakfasts, and awards ceremonies. It will give us a better understanding about the sense of place. 
    Hard to get across the hotel area and navigate as bounced from session to session 
    Hotel layout was a challenge.Should have state identified on badges. 
    I actually enjoy smaller, more targeted conferences. . 
    States of origin on name card. Maybe more explicit attention to the ways ANREP/NACDEP agendas do/don't overlap 
    With 11 concurrent sessions, a team is needed to tackle the best way to group and offer so many sessions. It's a hard job but probably the most important. Some deliberate thought on how best to optimize how and when the concurrent sessions are held so that participants can get to as many presentations as possible to make the best of their time would be a valuable way to improve the conference. 
    The following are relatively minor but would be improvements. Meeting rooms less spread out and therefore easier to find. Better "program" printed and electronic. SCHED was good but could have been better. Beverages at breaks. Upgrade meals if possible; perhaps a less expensive motel. 
    Provide a hard copy of the agenda. I did not stay at conference hotel and only had access to Internet for one day. I also like to use the program agenda as a way to plan and keep track of my learning. Have people at the main area that are interested in being helpful. I felt like I was in the way. Help folks to attend the field trips. I was very disappointed that all were full yet folks were crossing their names out. I expect to have some customer service. Provide flip charts and basic supplies. Expecting all presenters to pack or buy on site is inappropriate. I paid for basic services and received nothing. I had to buy my own food due to a diary allergy. The only protein for breakfast was yogurt and lunch proteins were doused in butter. Remove association name in name tag. Created division. 
    The only thing would be to have a few minutes between sessions to travel to the next sessions location 
    Conference was too crowded and didn't leave enough unstructured time. Concurrent sessions were back-to-back-to-back, left no time to go from one to another. Sessions were generally terrible: Death By Powerpoint seemed to be the operational theme of this meeting. It was like someone dragged me back to the educational pedagogy of the 1990s. If I had known it would be this bad, I would not have attended. 
    I would have a couple of large maps of the various classrooms at well-used intersections so people can make sure they know where they are going. 
    Workshops on Monday seemed slanted towards ANREP not many economic development offerings that day. Coffee should be served all morning. Opening reception was awful - too many people cramped in too little a space - couldn't even network - too loud to hear - or talk. 
    Nametags with states (not orgaanization!) coffee in the morning cost kept a lot of folks from attending 
    States on name tags, drink breaks w/ coffee/tea, bio's on speakers, more dynamic opening speaker - someone that is motivational, better flow for poster session setup (stuck back in corner land locked), drink tickets for reception, reception with more space (it was hot and crowded), 
    state, discipline, other information on name tag hotel was REALLY spread out had a difficult time with "seeing" all the choices with the online format, although I liked the reduction in paper with 300-400 attendees, three serving lines would have been better a little more time between some of the sessions for travel. Some started immediately after the prior one finished leaving no time for movement and sometimes that was quite a haul. Felt the posters were crammed in the dark back. Could they have been up longer and more prominently? Got very little feedback as we approached the conference I was selected for a poster and needed more feedback along the way. Wish we could have seen somewhere which pre-post and tours we were able to get in. Even if everyone got their first choice, we didn't know that until we got there. Is that possible on line? many things were done really well. Thank you for your efforts! 
    I wasn't able to attend some of the concurrent sessions since they were scheduled during the same time slot. Also, needed more transition time between sessions (5-10 minutes to walk). Lastly, I almost missed the tour bus since there was no announcement in the dining hall to indicate buses were loading. 
    Beautiful location! Great breakouts and tours. The tours were well organized and we traveled to some fun places to learn about Vermont. The challenges with this conference mainly involved site logistics - I'm sure you'll hear this a few time but running out of food, no coffee breaks, standing in the warm lobby on the first night trying to network with others were just unfortunate logistical items. We've all worked on conferences and the logistics of moving 400+ people around is just something we deal with. A very big challenge I had was the assumption that everyone had read everything about speaker bios before attending the general sessions. The speaker on Sunday night did not even get an introduction and I was disappointed by our Extension staff that did utilize good host etiquette. Just a little surprising due to the work with we with the public all of the time. 
    My only complaints were that the rooms were very far apart, so it was difficult to run from one session to another on time. 
    Difficult maneuvering through the Sheraton at first, but with some practice it got easier. 
    It was difficult to get from one side of the conference to the other. I understand that the intention was to choose a section and remain in the same room, but as a Community and economic development professional, that did not seem relevant. Also, I have chronic lyme and cannot eat gluten. The food needs to be labeled. I understand that food costs are high and it was disappointing to find myself unable to eat the food we included. Also, the farm to table dinner was not well organized. In my previous work, this was a mainstay of what I worked on. It was, I regret to say, the worst one I have attended. If that was provided for the conference, without your input, I would let the organizer know that it was inadequate. Not only was the food mediocre, worth $15 at most (unless there was some local - then $20), farm to table menus include labels EVERYWHERE that let you know the farm location and growing practice. I absolutely LOVE that you had the impulse toward this but encourage you to have someone familiar with this trend work through the details. A fellow attendee told me that a separate ticket for the event would have cost $70. As I noted, it was, at best, a $20 meal. And, regarding coffee... The hotel coffee available for purchase was terrible and overpriced - $5 and change medium Americano. And Starbucks - unacceptable! Burlington is full of amazing coffee roasters. Perhaps someone could be hired independent of the hotel next time. Also, perhaps coffee drinkers would be willing to pay an additional fee for coffee service. They could be given a band, or a punch card for a set number of coffees. I realize that this is extra work but it would keep the cost down for everyone else and meet the expectations for those attending your conference. 
    NACDEP and ANREP should meet separately. ANREP member needs were overlooked in the blending of this conference. In addition, many of the topics covered lacked practical application for the majority of extension professionals. Meaning that the overall feeling of the conference was similar to that of a research symposium. While science and research are most definitely an integral part of outreach work, conference attendees could benefit greatly from some application methodology at these meetings. I feel that we are loosing that mentality in our association by focusing on peer reviewed publications and grantsmanship. The vast majority of presentations only served to strengthen this premise. 
    For me, the best sessions were the ones that made a solid effort to connect the two program areas (CD and NR). This happened in many, but not all, of the sessions. I wish that that had happened more often. 
    I miss having a roster of attendees/contact info. provided to everyone. It could be electronic but that's a good networking thing. Having a hotel map on paper or on wall posters at the various key gathering points would be good. Especially for a sprawling venue like the Sheraton was. Sched was OK but having a paper, PDF conference program with all session titles, times, and locations in one document would have been very useful. If you got it out to people the week before, then they could print it themselves. So the conf. saves money and attendees aren't driven nuts by a software that they have to learn at the last moment. 
    Please have paper copies of the agenda. The website was so difficult to use on my phone. (And no to apps - I don't have space on my phone for another app). I spent much of my time in sessions looking to see what next session I would attend. Rarely do I have time ahead of a conference to plan every session I will attend. The website should have listed sessions by room. I had to scroll and scroll and scroll to find what was in the same room the next time. The way it was listed on the website gave the appearance that you could just get up and change sessions mid time frame. This may have been the intention, but it was kind of rude to presenters as there was no time built in to change mid stream. If website is used in the future, please also load hotel map. Finally, I know the schedule is packed but an 8 a.m. start time is a bit early, especially considering that people are from different time zones. I had to choose between sleeping, showering, eating or going outside (way too long inside hotel). An 8:30-9 a.m. start time would be a good idea to test in the future. 
    There has to be a way to get people out of their comfort zones. I regularly felt that if people didn't know you then they were unlikely to talk with you, which was very apparent by some "older" participants. Also, my suggestion is have these in more downtown areas rather than outside of town. There was some issues with the schedule too; my schedule said no breakfast on Monday, but breakfast was served. Also, have some sort of mid-morning snack available would have been good, such as nut bars or apples, etc. Thanks for not showering us with sugar drinks and cookies. I actually felt like I ate healthy at this conference rather than being pumped full of garbage. 
    The concurrent sessions were too tightly packed. The schedule did not allow for discussion after the presentation because I needed to leave in order to make the next session I wished to attend. My recommendation would be to include 45 minutes in the schedule, allow for a 30 minute presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A, then 5 minutes to get to the next room. This would have made these sessions even more beneficial, and even though it would have likely eliminated several presentations from taking place I could have learned about these topics during the Poster Session and would have been able to ask questions of the authors then. The hotel and conference center also left much to be desired. Although the conference planners could not help this, I had a room on the 3rd floor that had no elevator access so I was forced to drag my bags up 3 flights of stairs to get to my room. The way the hotel was laid out was very confusing. It took the first full day to figure out where everything was at. Something more centralized would be good in the future. On the final day of the conference I was to speak at 8:00am in the Shelburne Room. When I arrived to get my presentation loaded on the computer, the room door was closed and it appeared that the room had not been reserved and was being held for a meeting for "Flowers by Irene" at 9am. We were able to get the A/V equipment set up and ready, but it was a whirlwind and something that fell through the cracks. 
    Deliberate exercises to help those from ANREP and NACDEP mix. I felt that there were not many opportunities to network/break into each other's groups. It really felt as though two conferences were going on at the same time in the same space with little mixing. While people were courteous I do feel that there was a barrier there that kept people from getting to know one another's work. I think that more interactive activities could have helped break through that barrier. 
    I would have preferred to download and print a schedule with presentation titles and the room assignments before coming. Using the mobile app to find where I wanted to go was slow. Concurrent sessions that described a specific program were fine at 30 minutes. That time allowed presenters to give basic information and I can follow-up with them if I want more details. However, some concurrent sessions were more about concepts and ideas and those really needed more time to develop. Having some double sessions would have allowed for more depth on some topics. 
    Posters with schedule at a glance and facility map at strategic intersections. More structured, purposeful networking time. Possible roundtable or work sessions. 
    Larger hotel or section of rooms. I wasn't late registering and couldn't get a room at the center. 
    I've never attended a conference that put so much emphasis on judging and awards. Seemed to distract a bit from the feelings I normally associate with confernces - collaboration and the exchange of ideas. 
    For pre-conference, maybe have some local tours lasting for 4 to 6 hours. I didn't really feel like I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the area because of the schedule. I know we are there to learn but after traveling that far would really liked to have had the opportunity for a little more local learning. The 30 minutes sessions were very rushed and hard to get between locations before the next one started. 
    Few and longer concurrent sessions. Not much new shared. Not everyone that proposes a session should get a session. The 30 minute session format flat out sucked. Speakers sped through their info took two questions and were done. Attendees then had to locate sprint to the next info dump. Meeting facility not well laid out. 
    Having a limited number of printed agendas available 
    Allow 5 minutes between talks. Theme rooms and suggest to people that they stay in the room for all three. This could be a email ahead of time and have a discussion time, panel of all three at the end. 
    5 minutes between concurrent sessions. 
    Train moderators on exactly how to time the concurrent sessions so they all do it the same. 
    allow for better internet connections for presenters...really embarrassing 
    I greatly disliked the online schedule. I found it clunky and difficult to use. And it was missing a lot of information that I needed, such as descriptions of what was to take place at the plenary sessions. I almost didn't attend the Ignite Sessions, since there was no descriptive material I assumed it wasn't happening. And I disliked having to use my personal data plan to accomplish basic conference tasks. If you're going to save paper, at least provide a one-page conference schedule overview with a QR code that takes you to session descriptions. 
    I really struggled with the technology - had a hard time downloading the app and had a hard time making sense of the schedule either online or via the app. It was hard to piece together what all I wanted to do each day. Obviously I need a newer and better phone and probably some training. I guess if this experience helps me get up to speed on how the world communicates today, this will be a net positive in the long-term. 
    There really needs to be better opportunities for spouses. They were not considered for many of the open events/activities and felt unwelcomeed. There were lots of last minute changes in the schedules. This was confusing at times. 
    Some of the breakout sessions were fantastic. Some of them were mediocre. The online schedule had some issues--no information about plenary speakers or topic. An overview handout would have been nice just to know the general schedule. There were issues with the distribution of food--too few lines for 400 people. It would have been nice to have more variety for breakfast--the same exact food items, 3 days in a row. More gluten free options, too. 
    Add a stronger 'urban' component. Grouping the presentations thematically made sense, but marketing them separately in the Sched encouraged viewing them individually. Without transition time between the presentations, attendees were continually late to presentations. Also, there were many times when the three presentations did not really share a thematic core - an issue compounded by the lack of transition time between presentations. Please, please, please make sure the emcee of the awards ceremony (I am in NACDEP) rehearses his/her script and the pronunciation of awardee names, and has the ability to read them with grace and dignity. Not to do so is disrespectful to the awardees and painful for the audience to listen to as the emcee stammers through the evening. These are important awards and their presentation should be treated as such. Raise the bar, please. 
    Take note of popular presentations and offer expanded training, 1 - 3 hour sessions. My pref is to sacrifice a little breadth for some depth. 
    hotel services and layout of presentation rooms were poor. Conference schedule was confusing causing me to miss sessions I would have liked to attend. Hotel was poorly located and too far from downtown. 
    Serve coffee at breaks. Don't pack the schedule quite as tight, maybe longer concurrent sessions and then time to get from one to another? 
    Overall, I enjoyed the conference and got what I needed from the week. As an event organizer myself, I realize how tricky it can be to pull off these kinds of large-scale events and to make sure everyone is happy, and I think the overall event was a success. However, if you are asking how things may be improved, here is my experience and opinion: First, the organization of the event was somewhat loose: the session rooms were very far apart and it was difficult to move from one talk to another without missing the end of one talk or the beginning of another; there was little time in between sessions to transition from room to room; there were times when I had to miss sessions with similar topics because they coincided in different rooms; meal times had very long lines that could potentially have been split into smaller groups; I had a dietary restriction that was not always labeled on the food, so I often had to guess whether or not I could eat it, and catering staff was often hard to flag down with several hungry people behind me needing to move the line along; the 5K run overlapped with the pre-conference workshops, so I had to miss it although I really wanted to participate; I often had questions about overlapping scheduled events or where I was supposed to be for field trips or volunteering, but when I asked the registration desk there was rarely someone there that knew how to help me. Of course, I was able to navigate a lot of this and take care of myself when I needed, but it would have been nice to have had things run a little more smoothly. I was also a volunteer helper with the poster contest. I understand that we had a time crunch to review the many posters before the end of the evening, but I felt rushed to review each poster and properly judge it. I think we were only given a couple of minutes per poster, so I feel like I ended up rushing over the last few posters and not giving a fair assessment to all of them. In the end, the whole thing felt somewhat superficial and unfair- there were folks there with great projects, but with limited time it felt like we were all simply choosing the posters that looked the nicest and didn't necessarily have the best content. I wonder if there should be a poster contest at all (or at least the option to opt-out of the contest), as it seems like the goal is to be able to see what folks are working on in a social, low-pressure, and fun environment. Finally, I belong to ANREP and this was my first Extension conference, so I do not have anything to compare it to. It was very nice to meet people from NACDEP and learn about their programs, but I personally found little overlap with my programming. Furthermore, I found that the general sessions and plenary speakers had to speak so broadly to be relevant to both ANREP and NACDEP that the content was watered down and it was hard to glean anything specific from the talks. Maybe this is fairly normal for conferences to have speakers at general sessions that reach the broader aspects of Extension, and if so, I understand. If we are talking about my ideal conference, I would love to be energized and excited by the speakers/content of the general sessions, and I wonder if this would be more likely if the content was more focused towards one group instead of two. 
    There were fewer sessions that related to community development than natural resources, even tho there were more Nacdep attendees. Descriptions and titles could have been clearer on some. (E.g. session on building relationships with public officials only focused on promoting extension programs, not for stronger community outcomes, but the description was vague.) 
    I had made a list of various things to improve the conference. So, thank you for the opportunity to share those thoughts: - When doing a JOINT conference, make sure sessions are evenly divided each period between the TWO programming topics; there should NEVER be only two true (clearly focused) Community Development sessions when their are 10+ rooms being used at any given time. You have to be more careful about making both associations see the value in the professional development opportunity - As a NACDEP member, I felt under-served and like I was lacking options multiple times. - Thirty (30) Minute Sessions DO NOT work. Potentially strong sessions/topics were forced to squeeze a lot of information into a very small window and for many it made the presenter (and their topic) appear weak. Be more selective of the strongest topics and allow more time to present! - While I am of the "Technology" generation, I WANT paper copies of stuff. The schedule should be presented in a more program like manner (think book with title, time, location, and topic description). While I understand printing these materials costs money, make a PDF available for attendees to print prior to coming if they wish. I like something I can write on to record my thoughts, and the printed excel sheet was not nearly enough information to help anyone figure out the conference schedule. - First night NETWORKING is a MUST! I missed speed dating and karaoke on the first night. Yes, people will complain about it, but it really needs to happen on night one. These uncomfortable, weird activities are how people become more comfortable with the entire conference experience. - The awards NEED to be associated with a banquet. They feel less important (almost cheap) when done in the format used at this joint conference. - There has too be a way to empty out the schedule. It just seemed too busy this year. Other suggestions to improve the conference are hotel/conference center based (but need to be expressed): - A 7:00 a.m. breakfast will not work; if you are not doing this as part of a morning assembly, skip the breakfast in exchange for coffee and snacks throughout the day. - Assure the conference center is prepared for a group this size. There was never enough hors d'oeurves. Also, those tables need to be set-up in multiple locations (or with two sides) to avoid long lines. The food lines were ALWAYS (except during lunches) super long, and things could have been done to avoid that. - If you are serving box lunches one day (that almost always include a cold cut sandwich), DO NOT serve cold cuts the next day. Hotels have other options available. - Honestly, the location (not Burlington, but the Sheraton) was one of the greatest weaknesses of this conference (that and the lack of balance between the two programs - I felt like I was at an ANREP conference and I have no time to incorporate Natural Resource programming into my work). 
    The concurrent sessions plan was somewhat confusing as the theme for the (generally) 3 presentation session was unclear. The movement between sessions was challenging/confusing. I understand the logistical challenges with breadth and depth of what was being offered, especially with this being a joint conference, but perhaps there are some means of making the sessions more cohesive or the transitions less confusing. 
    Include more variety in breakfast meals, continental breakfast every day is not good. There needs to be some protein included. 
    better manner to select tracts. I was at a loss to have a game plan for the concurrent sessions. All were ultimately good but it was stressful making the selections on the fly 
    The location of the hotel was a challenge-- too far from downtown. Also, the conference was very scheduled-- not enough time for exploring or down time. What little time there was, the walk downtown was too far to take advantage. The 4-day conference is also a bit long. In terms of expense, a 2 night / 3 day conference would have saved on cost and allowed for a better hotel closer to the downtown area. 
    Sessions were too tightly scheduled to get them especially when you have to go from one end of building to the other. Timing indicated that many would be bringing family members but no activities were scheduled or even suggested for them during the conference. No refreshments - not even coffee - during conference was bad. And awards 'strolling" dinner was extremely bad. There was very little choices and my family member paid $70 for food she could not eat due to dietary restrictions. And we asked what the food would be before we purchased the ticket and got no information. 
    To not schedule similar sessions at the same time. To not schedule the same speaker in multiple sessions at the same time. 
    the lack of any time between sessions and then putting distance between locations of sessions was problematic. I hate being late! your awful time schedule made me late almost every time unless I just stayed there. I was following a climate change topic track that took me everywhere. super challenging and had to leave sessions during questions to make the next session in a timely fashion. putting the home state of the attendee on the name badge would have also been helpful. no consideration for partners traveling and no food tickets available but tons of left over food every day. Disappointing. 
    On last day, too many water/natural resource related talks going on at the same time in different rooms. As a presenter, it would have been nice to have more than 12 people at my session. 
    While I appreciate the large selection of concurrent sessions to choose from, I think it could be reduced a bit. I think some ran into "session fatigue". I was in several presentations with very low attendance. With 400+ people attending, I would have hoped for better attendance at the sessions. Perhaps swapping some concurrent sessions with some free networking time would have been helpful. I know people will seek out others to network with regardless but some built-in time in the day would have been helpful. It was difficult moving between sessions since the rooms were incredibly spread out. Always missed opening of sessions as I moved around. On the plus side, I thought speakers and moderators did a fantastic time staying on time. Everything I went to started prompted. I'm sure many will grumble about lack of coffee/snacks during the day but I didn't miss them....kept me from overeating! 
    I recommend not having a joint conference again; or, if you feel it is necessary, do it every few years, as a few days added onto the ANREP conference. Like, have a week-long conference where two days are ANREP one day is overlap and two days are NACDEP. That way, we can choose how to spend our time. There is so little time devoted to natural resources extension as is - I was not thrilled with how this conference was split. I think you did a great job given what you had, but I will not attend another joint conference. This year's conference was FAR less impactful than 2014 and 2012 due to the diluted applicability of the presentations to my programming. 
    Many (the majority?) of the sessions were dominated by abstract, "fluffy" topics that had no possible benefit to those of us actually doing extension work dealing with natural resources. I had some colleagues who were attending ANREP for the first time, partially on my recommendation, and I found myself apologizing for the quality and pertinence of the topics available. The joint conference was a good idea, but in practice it only limited the opportunities for each group to hear about things they could actually use. 
    More sessions on content - not on programs. 
    I like the idea of a digital schedule but took a little getting used to 
    The Sched app did not show tracks, so I made plans for what to attend based on interest. With no time to move between sessions (because the schedule had planned tracks but the app did not) I often had to leave early and arrive late to get where I wanted to be. It felt very disruptive. 
    Networking space and time. Too little, too cramped. Coffee :-) I did like the structured 30 minutes talks. Provided time for all to present during the session - and not one group "running over" on time and shortening the last speaker's presentation. Well managed. More consideration needed for scheduling. So many of the similar topics overlapped each other and made it hard to get to one's of interest...especially on Wednesday and the community development topics. 
    hotel accomodations and customer service on check in day seemed strained conference rooms were difficult to locate - a bit of a maze 
    Food service needs more lines/stations on several occasions (maybe hotel's fault, not yours, told them on their survey too). Don't skimp on coffee and breaks - basic coffee or soda in bulk shouldn't be a substantial cost. Sched app was annoying - I wanted a simple paper handout, no glossy cover, just cheap B&W schedule on a couple of pages. I printed one for myself but left it in my office and was frustrated. For example, I was in a session that was not good but couldn't just switch rooms easily like I could have with a paper schedule in hand. Did we skimp on coffee and paper handouts because the app cost too much? For a hotel that large, you have to build in time to switch rooms. Not OK to make Q&A time = room switching time. My session was in the Maple Room, aka Sales Office, aka not near any other sessions, and thank goodness I wasn't on the first day because the signs appeared later in the conference. Needed more directional signs the first day and more orientation to the hotel Sunday night. Several cases of very similar presentations against each other, seemed like they should have been together in a session, not competing for same audience. 
    It was great. 
    The hotel facility was very confusing and it made it difficult to connect with people - also I wasn't familiar with a lot of people attending - when I did connect with new people it was usually to ask them directions to rooms - not to find out who they were and what they did. 
    Opening session would suggest presidents of both associations address attendees together. Was hoping for more behind the scenes interaction during the mobile workshop. 
    Did not benefit from combining associations: felt that natural resource issues were underrepresented, especially in the plenaries. Although it was nice to interact with NACDEP, I would not attend another ANREP conference if this was repeated. I get a lot more interacting with ANREP alone. 
    1. Food logistics were terrible. No protein at breakfast. LONG lines. No beverages at breaks 
    Content and organization of the conference was excellent. Too many sessions with not enough time between. The presenters could not manage the 3 presentations in one time slot approach. However, Hotel was poor at best and layout was below acceptable. Conference center was terrible, will never visit again. Rooms should be all together and more flow between guest rooms and conference center. 
    The sessions I attended were good although very few seemed to attract members from both associations. This was a difficult conference to attend. It was expensive in general. Moreover, although Burlington was a delightful location, it was not easy to get to and travel was very costly. A number of people who normally attend did not attend this conference. Given the financial constraints the LGUs are experiencing, a number of members found the conference cost-prohibitive. The session schedule (the spread sheet) sent out electronically prior to the conference was difficult to use. Participants also found the electronic program (Sched) confusing and difficult to use for planning purposes. 
    Meeting with an organization we have more in common with would help (CDS?). Not seeming so cheap (water, coffee, etc.). 
    A twelve hour scheduled day was too long. Strongly dislike the no paper agenda. 
    Didn't care for food lines; seems there could have been a more expedient way to get food served. I would have attended the "first-time attendees" session, but after a long day of travel I really needed food and there was none in the room. I moved on to the reception. Coffee at breakfast only was fine, really! I appreciated that SCHED allowed us to avoid printing costs and wasted paper. As an app, it's bound to improve but it was fine for our purposes. 
    When concurrent sessions were grouped together in 90 minute blocks, it was unclear that they were themed and you should stay in one place for the full 90 minutes. It was really disappointing for presenters to have people leave early or come late so that they could cross the conference center to see other speakers in a different block. Or time needs to be added between each speaker. 
    More diverse breakfast Poster session was a bit cramped 
    Provide more time for folks to get from one talk to another. If you didn't stay in a session, you had no time to move to another talk (sometimes a great distance away). Lots of logistical issues described below. 
    Breakfast was very poor quality and too light Coffee and break service should be included through conference Please provide option to opt in for a printed paper conference program - attendees could be charged for the cost of printing if selecting the option Moderators and many session conveners did not have adequate introductory material to introduce the presenters - I wasn't sure if this was due to lack of printed material - not all of the bios were posted online. 
    Conference content was good. Venue was pretty terrible. Food was not great, and always running out, hotel was expensive but not good value for the cost (no fridge, slow help, etc). The only thing about the conference itself would be the lack of travel time during concurrent sessions, but this didn't bother me too much, since I recognized the attempt to cluster similar presentations. Also, I was bothered by the fact that my name never ended up on my presentation, in spite of the fact that I contacted ANREP prior to and during the conference. And the fact that the conference was paperless should have made it easy to update. 
    1. Needed time between sessions to get from one room to another 90 minute sessions should be in concurrent blocks 2. Poor planning for food service - food ran out for latecomers, lines were too long - needed more stations 3. Be sure there is adequate seating for meals 4. Coffee should be available for breaks. 5. NEED a paper option for the agenda. Sched was not easy to use, you can't get even all the concurrent sessions to fit on a screen, not all people have all the devices needed - I don't care if it is glossy. Double sided photocopies stapled together would be fine. it is unreasonable for 400+ folks to print everything at the hotel business center. 6. OR - be very clear that There is a print-friendly PDF that can be printed and brought along. Then have some extra copies available. 7. MUST have a paper for session chairs that includes names, affiliations and title of the talks - Yes, you could look it all up, but it wasn't easy 8. Had no idea who teh keynotes were or why I should listen to them. 
    At least 5 min break between sessions to move to other tracks 
    I felt like the concurrent session options were not diversified in each time slot. The first day there was a lot of ANREP sessions and the second day was more heavily NACDEP. I also missed the roundtables we did last year as part of NACDEP. I felt it was more difficult to connect with others in my area of expertise. 
    Again, there were fewer presentations than I would have liked this year that really applied to my programming - NR. Perhaps it was because of the shared agenda with NACDEP. 
    I prefer most conference sessions during the week since I guard weekends for personal time. I thought the mobile app was somewhat constraining and required a lot of scrolling and was difficult to use effectively. I was glad I had printed out the schedule of presentations. My experience with the hotel was mixed and it was certainly expensive. Don't cut out coffee/tea. I heard it was due to their coffee vendor in their gift shop, but I certainly hope not. Breakfasts were not very good, same limited stuff every day. Rather eat on per diem. 
    Coffee- and I don't even drink it all day like some! Breakfast was not balanced for those with gluten/grain free needs. I did not find the key note speakers to be that engaging. 
    Paper agendas, at least "At a Glance" type agendas. Employer or state affiliation on name tags; maybe even association affiliation. More helpful/friendly conference registration staff. Swag, a bag, binder, water bottle, materials about the city, local businesses, etc. More details on General Sessions; I didn't go to several because I know nothing about them and had other offers for that time. At least as much detail as concurrent sessions. I also missed the poster session all together. In the electronic agenda format it was really hard to see when that was happening and when it started and ended. Same for the silent auction. $450 is a large conference registration; I didn't like that some of the conference time was taking up with business meetings, etc. Do that in the morning or evening. Liked the idea of the field trip during the conference, but somehow didn't get registered for one. Liked the inspire presentations. Liked combining programming areas. 
    needed time between speakers to change rooms. 
    Breakout rooms were poor, temperature and setting Conference staff seemed to be overwhelmed As a workshop presenter, more should have been communicated to me 
    I did not care for the combined association conference. I have been a member of both associations precisely because they meet my different programming needs. There were time slots I could not find a session to attend that I felt dealt with community development issues. Way too much was focused on the type of work I did when I belonged to ANREP. 
    While the hotel was nice, it was not very accommodating for the conference. Having concurrent session rooms in opposite sides of the building and no real time in between to travel from one room to another made it difficult for sessions that were far away to attract participants. Also I attended at least one session where the moderator wasn't keeping exactly on time so I walked in while a talk was still being delivered but it should have already changed to the next talk in that session. I know you wanted to keep cost down but you really should have coffee at least during the afternoon sessions. This is common courtesy for people attending the conference. And breakfast should have included hot items (like eggs and sides) as well as pastries and fruit. Having only pastries and fruit is not a breakfast, that's a snack. 
    Burlington might be easy to fly into, but it was hard to drive to. The next conference should be easier to reach for folks driving to attend. The conference facility was hard to navigate in finding where sessions were held. I thought the "paperless" agenda was useless. I was out of the office immediately prior to the conference, and could not download and print the detailed agenda. The final agenda should be made available much sooner to attendees. 
    There was not enough transition time between talks so I was often leaving one early and getting to the next one late. Send the full schedule out to people who might not want to use the app. They can print it themselves. Some moderators were starting talks early so, again, I was getting to the talks late and didn't know which talk was happening when I got there. I also saw some moderators let talks go too long. 
    Overall this conference MANAGEMENT was below average - but the conference itself was very good. I believe the event manager, Kerrin, made some errors in judgement. For example: 1) we needed more space for the initial networking reception but she wanted to keep the dining room "clean" (overheard her say this!) so we were jammed into the hallway - very silly. We needed space. It would have been so much better networking if we could move around. 2) the first day's breakfast - impossible to get to the food because someone had not pulled the table out so that you could go on both sides. Again, silly. I did not go to breakfast the next day because I knew it would be too slow - not good. those were just two simple things. If you are doing an e-conference schedule, then let us know so that we come equipped with a paper copy OR equipment to use the e-tools. Have the schedule ready ahead of time so that the schedule is a non-issue when we are there. I decide what I want to attend before I get on the plane! Again, the management of the conference was sub-par. 
    While the conference was not as "well organized" as some I've attended, it was one of the conferences I have obtained the most useful information and resources that I will be putting to use to increase and improve education and outreach efforts related to specific issues programming. Thanks. The poster session was a disappointment. At any other conference I've attended, the posters remain up until near the end of the conference. I presented a poster and so was unable to view other posters. They had all been taken down before I had a chance to see them. I was not told (or could not find the information although I looked for it) when my poster had to be removed; hence, I found it in a corner on the floor after everything had been removed. This was fine but I wonder how many other people did not have a chance to view the posters more in-depth and gain from them. 
    I've been disappointed with the quality of NACDEP the last few meetings. 1) Sessions - I really think the organization needs to design tracks based on the different levels on which we operate in the field. I am essentially a state specialist. Listening to county educators talk about how they pulled together a stakeholder group and held a meeting is not of interest to me. However, that is of high interest to county-based educators. Meanwhile, they probably aren't going to find a ton of value of listening to me talk about a statewide program either. If I can't find value in the session, I'm going to start opting for other conferences. 2) Value - I'm really left wondering why I paid $450 for this conference. Was it to line up for EVERY single meal? (Really got old). Was it to have the facility run out food/plates/silverware the second I did get to the front of the line? Was it so I could have absolutely NO FOOD at breaks? No coffee, soda, cookies, etc. While I understand I work for a University (and therefore, I'm never getting the royal treatment), I do think conference fees should cover a minimum of one sit down meal and refreshments during breaks. 3) Programs - I need a printed program. I found it very confusing not knowing where I was going. It was also hard to moderate a session without a printed overview of who was supposed to be on hand. It isn't easy to fumble with your phone while you're trying to determine who's up next. If you are not going to have a printed agenda, YOU SHOULD AT A MINIMUM INFORM PEOPLE IN ADVANCE. I would gladly have printed one to bring along. 
    More time between concurrent sessions to make it to other conferences, and to network Similar concurrent session topics grouped together in one room, and grouped together on the schedule Coffee 
    No and more time between concurrent sessions 
    ANREP is a very specific organization for a group of people that no other professional organization reaches. Because of this at conferences in the past I have felt as though I took so much away and was so excited to get home and get to work. This conference was so watered down to try to appeal to both groups I did not feel the same motivation and inspiration. I was very disappointed by that. 
    Paper copies of schedule and maps, better communication to participants about important information, more food stations 
    Contiguous meeting rooms. A downtown or location in close proximity to services. 
    Sessions were excellent. For such a large conference hall, the food continually ran out and people had to wait at all the buffet lines. the catering department did not seem well organized. Everyone wanted their state listed on the name tag in order to know where people were from. Coffee was needed for the majority. I am not a coffee drinker but heard it from many. 
    There was quite a distance for some of the breakouts and it seemed that I was always coming in late if I had a distance. Also transportation from overflow hotels to main hotel was a significant hassle for myself and a coworker since we didn't have a vehicle. 
    "Resilience" may have been too broad of a theme -- it was a reminder of how differently that term is used by different groups. I was hoping for more content specifically related to climate resilience. 
    Poster session was poorly laid out. Too many people in too small a space. Needs to be a way to encourage more interaction between attendees and poster presentors. 
    Opening reception in the hall was a useless activity - too crowded, too noisy. We should have been able to move into the larger room right behind us. Location was pretty spread out - not enough time between sessions to figure out where we needed to be for the next one. Must have coffee available. Redundant items for breakfast each day 
    I like that sessions were grouped together in the same room in a block but there didn't seem to be enough time to get through all the ideas and the questions that the topic raised. Sessions on the morning of the last day were poorly attended. Overall, there wasn't enough time between sessions to get to the next session. 
    Have written programs of sessions. It seemed as though the on-line program was not user friendly??? Maps to meeting rooms...after the 1st day you knew them... 
    Would have preferred the conference center to be in the downtown space. 
    The poster session day was VERY LONG! 
    The venue space was very poorly laid out. You cant have concurrent sessions run back to back when it takes at least 5 minuets to walk across the venue to listen to your next talk. the whole conference schedule was on a new platform/interface and difficult to navigate. letting folks know that the schedule would not have paper copies of schedule ahead of time to let them print and bring with them would have been useful. again, the venue was not great at all, it actually made it an unpleasant experience. nametags didnt have the right info on them. i didnt care what association you were with, but more interested in where the individual was from. needed more time to do networking that is scheduled as part of the conference, in smaller, similar minded groups. the evening events were nice, but too loud, too many people and too few good relationships were forged in that setting. 
    vary the breakfast choices 
    could not attend some of my first choice events as they were too many people in the room. Not a lot of time between talks, and the distance between rooms was often one on one side of conference center, the next one on the other side, with zero time scheduled for folks to get from place to place. 
    The concurrent sessions made it impossible for me to attend ones that was of interest to me. Because of the conflict of having several interesting sessions held at the same time restricted me to merely attending those sessions that directly applied to my scope of work. 
    invest more in technology so that presenters could deliver a more professional presentation 
    A shorter survey! 
    Some of the meals and break times seemed disorganized without enough food or beverages. 
    better coordination with the hotel where the conference is being held; my personal bank card was charged over $1200 for my stay at the hotel despite the fact that all travel and lodging costs had been paid for by my organization. I spent more time with the hotel manager and accountant resolving this issue than I did at the conference. 
    The concurrent sessions were too short and too closely packed. It was difficult to get from one to another in time and resulted in reduced attendance opportunities. 
    Needed more time to get from session to session 
    The scheduling program was incredibly difficult to use. It would not let me log in to create a custom schedule, and scrolling through all the pages each time I wanted to check the next event was frustrating. Perhaps a few printed schedules displayed on walls/in hallways would have helped. That way those of us who couldn't get the scheduling program to work (and there were many I spoke with who couldn't) could still quickly see the schedule without having to print hundreds of copies. 
    Printed conference agendas. While going green is commendable, it wasn't practical. The conference site didn't offer data service in all locations and the agenda format wasn't appropriate for smart phone viewing. Disappointed that the historic connection between Vermont's Justin Smith Morrill and the U of Vermont campus and this conference were not exploited! I would have loved to see the campus or hear about how Morrill shaped the university. 
    I was very disappointed with the support given to those who brought family members with them. I was on the planning committee and conversations indicated that this would be a family friendly conference. I was very surprised to see that if I wanted to bring my family on one of the afternoon tours I would have to pay the daily rate for each of them which was very expensive. I was originally resistant to the online conference program schedule- Sched, but in the end I liked it and think it should be used again. I really liked the poster session and cocktails. 
    Although the conference facility was adequate (meeting rooms were spacious, comfortable, well-prepared), the rooms were so spread out. It was hard to politely go from one room to another to bounce to various presentations due to the physical architecture of the building. It was also hard to catch up with people I wanted to network with. 
    See above comments and get rid of straight Powerpoints and go back to introducing new concepts and innovative ideas. There was not enought of that. This survey is way too long... 
    My main complaint was the way the scheduling was presented. It was very hard (for me) to plan my day and figure out the concurrent sessions using the App on my phone. That was very frustrating. All of the classes were listed in one list so to see where the time breaks were was extremely time consuming and hard to do. 
    avoid over air-conditioning!!!!!!!!! 
    The switch to online schedule only was jarring. The paper schedules were greatly missed by many, especially since the phone app wasn't as user-friendly as one would hope. To rely on that particular app, and go completely without schedules the same year was difficult to adjust to. Many people like to make notations on the paper schedules that the app doesn't allow you to do. Also, the layout of this conference center was extremely convoluted. The conference center where future sessions are held should be toured in advance to determine ease of layout and convenience for coming to and from the hotel room. Many of the attendees had trouble locating certain sessions because of the 3-way split of the batches of conference rooms. 
    The tightly scheduled session format was difficult for me. I found it hard to get from room to room without missing part of one session. Although sessions were grouped by topic on the paper schedule they were not on the app version. 
    The actual location was very poor. The breakout rooms were too far apart and not enough time to switch if you wanted to go to a room that was on the other side of the hotel. There was not a lot of common space or networking like at other ANREP conferences due to the horrible lay out of the event. Even the social activities suffered. An opportunity was missed for many in terms of seeing valuable abstracts and engaging in conversation, especially with those in the other association. It was a shame. ANREP is always a really great event for networking and learning, but the conference center really took that opportunity away. On the positive side- Burlington was great and the mobile workshops were awesome. I hope those stay as part of future conferences. I also really enjoyed the farm to table dinner. 
    Print a program booklet. Trying to navigate a complicated multi-day program on a cell phone was stupid. Allow travel time between presentations. Not doing this meant that either you missed Q&A from a presentation, or the front end of the next presentation. Either way, the movement of people was disruptive to both speakers and audiences. We are Extension professionals, we should KNOW how to set up a meeting. This was pure bush league and an embarrassment to us all. 
    More time between sessions to get from one to the other. 
    The break-out sessions, educational tours and locations were wonderful. I learned many new things and being in Burlington was great. The conference planner and logistics were terrible. We had some good keynote speakers, but they were not introduced professionally, so it left us wondering who they were and how they related to the conference. As Extension professionals we should know how to introduce speakers. 
    conference complex was confusing Not sure I like the 30 minute presentations within a longer time block in which people come and go and disrupt things. 
  45.   Please provide suggestions for conference themes or keynote speakers.
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    "Basic Extension: Re-evaluating Our History and Approach" 
    A location that is not so isolated; a better venue; more breaks/space in the schedule for informal conversations or to follow up on concurrent session material 
    An energizing nationally recognized speaker 
    Climate change adaptation 
    Community development for the 21st century; Re-localizing the economy through community development; Durability; 
    diverse audiences 
    Don Stuart, author of Barnyards and Birkenstocks: Why Farmers and Environmentalists Need Each Other. Sessions on a vision for how agriculture can emerge from current "food fights" in a new form that supports community. 
    don't need a theme, just a variety of workshops to meet attendees needs 
    Doug Tallamy - Bringing Nature Home (ANREP) 
    Dr. John McKnight 
    ecosystem restoration, disaster recovery 
    ecotourism, economic development 
    Engaging the unengaged - this was a common theme through many of my conversations - what gets people to participate in our programs? 
    Global Change: Climate, Economy, Politics, & Citizenship 
    Globalizing Extension in 21st Century 
    Have a keynote speaker on "Liberating Structures" (see book and website) 
    Hmmm...Sunday session speaker needs to be dynamic, insprirational. Good question for shorter follow-up survey early this fall. 
    How to develop multi agency, county, city or State partnerships agreements (documents). What to put into these contracts. 
    I appreciate that you kept the keynote/capstone sessions and other housekeeping (awards, business mtgs, etc) to a minimum to focus more time on member presentations and networking which provide the most value to me. 
    I would like to see NACDEP find a way to partner with the Health Outreach Conference that is also sponsored by CES as a forum to discuss health in all policies. 
    I'd love to hear a futurist talk about the future of education and of communities, as it relates to the work we do in extension. 
    Keynotes were good, but really didnt inspire me or link both NR and Comm Development in a way that i thought was useful, mainly was community development with some ag influence... 
    Last general speaker on re-monetizing natural resources was amazing. And it spoke to the crossover with economic development. More economic development is helpful. And although I realize many people are working in food, the conference was food heavy. 
    Love all of them --- especially, the opening with the Vermonter. 
    Mentoring seasons for younger. Funding and innovative funding. Federal staff was present and could have been invited to share national program directions etc. working woth non- profits 
    more speakers about community development, public art, tourism. 
    motivation; personal strengths finders 
    Moving the needle--focus on community outcomes in cd or nr 
    National initiatives. I liked the General Session connected to National Climate Change preparedness. Very informative. 
    national thought leader especially related to communicating science and collaborative problem solving 
    Need to highlight data 
    None off the top of my head... 
    Not experienced enough (yet). Thanks 
    Perhaps something to do with mitigation - esp. of climate change impacts to communities... 
    Phillip Ackerman was excellent. I enjoyed that speech much more than the closing session which was not as applicable to my work. 
    Provide coffee 
    Purdue's Ext Dean would be good... he is a good thinker. 
    Rafe Esquith- author of "teach like your pants are on fire" 
    Reaching diverse people and communities in new ways 
    Responding to large scale changes (climate, globalization, immigration, etc.) from a framework that draws on but is not hemmed in by the current focus on "adaptation" 
    Secretary of Agriculture or Director of the EPA 
    something about metropolitan issues or at least urban/rural. it seems CED should just be renamed Rural development given the lack of notice or interest that nearly 80% of americans ive in metro areas but can still face the same underresourced issues rural communities do. 
    Stephen Pyne: Fire cuts across all naytural resource issues 
    sustainability, community patnerships, team building, establishing trust all the secrets of workign with people. We get the techno stuff form our training and education. tips and successs ( failures too) provide the meaningful insights, however. 
    The 2 speakers I heard were great. 
    The rise of the cooperative 
    Theme - Sky's the Limit: The Impact of CD Efforts Across the Nation (Big Sky); something with a generational focus; something on collaboration across all levels... As for the keynote, I DO NOT believe the keynote should only highlight successes that have been achieved within the host state. I was VERY underwhelmed by the speakers at this conference. The Ignites saved the assemblies for me! One speaker (preferably the final speaker) should be focused on motivating attendees to go out and use the informati 
    Thriving vs surviving.making way for millenial take over, transitioning to sustainability, 
    Tim Kight of Focus3; Amy Toensing (storytelling through photography - National Geographic) 
    Urban extension models 
    Urban/rural interface - collaboration and culture 
    Using technology to deliver Extension programs. 
    Water, Climate Change, Nat. Resource Tourism Economy 
    Wildland-Urban Interface; Conservation vs. Preservation 
    Working across programs. Emphasis on how natural resources and CED can collaborate. 
  The next questions deal with the registration process and accommodations. Please select the best response to each question. (Instruction)
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  46.   NACDEP or ANREP conference communications with attendees (emails, etc.)
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
247 responses
    Not satisfied  9    3.64%
    Somewhat satisfied  26    10.53%
    Satisfied  114    46.15%
    Very satisfied  96    38.87%
    Does not apply  2    0.81%
  47.   NACDEP or ANREP website information
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249 responses
    Not satisfied  15    6.02%
    Somewhat satisfied  45    18.07%
    Satisfied  104    41.77%
    Very satisfied  84    33.73%
    Does not apply  1    0.40%
  48.   Online registration
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    Not satisfied  8    3.28%
    Somewhat satisfied  15    6.15%
    Satisfied  119    48.77%
    Very satisfied  97    39.75%
    Does not apply  5    2.05%
  49.   Onsite registration or conference check-in
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Likert Scale (Multiple Choice)
246 responses
    Not satisfied  8    3.25%
    Somewhat satisfied  14    5.69%
    Satisfied  111    45.12%
    Very satisfied  100    40.65%
    Does not apply  13    5.28%
  50.   Accommodations and site location
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    Not satisfied  23    9.27%
    Somewhat satisfied  40    16.13%
    Satisfied  102    41.13%
    Very satisfied  79    31.85%
    Does not apply  4    1.61%
  51.   Meeting room logistics
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    Not satisfied  49    19.84%
    Somewhat satisfied  74    29.96%
    Satisfied  86    34.82%
    Very satisfied  38    15.38%
    Does not apply  0    0.00%
  52.   Meals and breaks
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    Not satisfied  50    20.33%
    Somewhat satisfied  82    33.33%
    Satisfied  82    33.33%
    Very satisfied  31    12.60%
    Does not apply  1    0.41%
  53.   What other comments would you like to share with the leaders of either association or with the conference planners?
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    add travel time between sessions 
    Appreciated the digital conference agendas and other info accessable via apps/websites on my phone. So much better than carrying around a program all week. 
    breakfast provide buffet with protein - eggs, bacon 
    Breakfast was not satisfactory. If breakfast is included, make it a real breakfast. Buffet is fine, but just fruit, yogurt, and pastry? Not okay. That is a continental breakfast; not worth the same weight. I had to buy food and keep it with me as snacks to make it to lunch. Additionally, coffee should be available at all times. Even if in a central location, you should provide coffee. It is ridiculous to have all day sessions and not provide coffee. 
    coffe is cheap 
    coffee all day 
    Coffee is worth the extra dollars during breaks! Breakfast was a joke- Some form of protein needs to be provided. The staff were not helpful-- they could not provide suggestions about running paths.", alternative transportation options (I.e., the church street shuttle) 
    coffee would be a great idea. 
    Conference content was fine, but needed better logistics interms of moving beteeen rooms, layout was difficult. Meal planning was poor to fair. the unendingly starchy breakfasts were not useful if you are starch restricted. 
    Confernce facility proably too small for joint ANREP and NACDEP 
    Consider more time for breaks if possible, this is very important for networking opportunities. 
    fewer longer sessions. 
    For the 1st ever - combined conference - it was a huge success. Well done planning team. 
    Good conference, well done. Liked the shuttle to downtown, very nice. 
    good job 
    Have coffee available rather than sending everyone to the small Starbucks location 
    honor the rates given on the website. Dorm rooms listed at one price and actual price was double that. Would have stayed in the hotel had I known this. Was an inconvienence and not walkable with a suitcase. Also good directions not provided to get to dorm for conference site. It was a nightmare getting there the first night at a 11pm arrival to the hotel time and then trying to find the "walkable " to dorm room. Not professional or ethical to not honor prices 
    Hotel location and hotel assistance was very good. 
    I appreciated getting my 10,000 steps and 21 flights of exercise in between presentations on Monday; thanks! My calves are still aching:). I did not miss the mid morning/afternoon food breaks either. 
    I arrived at 5:30 and it took another two hours for my hotel room to be ready. 
    I could not find the online schedule (or the app link) from the main NACDEP web page. 
    I do not mind moving between sessions but time and signs were needed in this venue. 
    I do not think cutting coffee was the best way to cut costs. The online agenda was difficult to manage and very frustrating. 
    I feel like a lot of what I have shared has been negative, but I do want to take a moment to share the positives: - The Ignites were by far my favorite part of the conference! They were informative, but short and focused. I got more from that single hour than I did from any other part of the conference.; - The communications prior to and during the conference (via text/remind) were well organized and informative. They also served as a way to keep people involved throughout the conference.; - I enjoyed th 
    I had an allergic reaction to something served on Monday. It wasn't life threatening, but it was frustrating. My main allergy was peanuts, and I read the labels of what was put out to supposedly make sure I wasn't eating any. Conference caterers need to be more careful about this! 
    I heard from other attendees that we all would consider a higher registration fee if breaks included coffee/tea. 
    I know we need to use technology, but my cell screen is VERY small! 
    I like that you did all you could do to keep registration costs down. 
    I liked that I was able to experience and participate in the the culture and efforts of the host community (Burlington and Vermont) for sustainability, local foods, farm to table, etc. 
    I liked the mobile application for the conference but I wasn't able to get back to information about sessions that I attended. 
    I really love that the association has the conference in nice locations. I realize that adds to the cost but it's worth it. 
    I think everyone realized that it wasn't good to just have 1-2 tables of food for 400+ people. Also, the NACDEP website could be a little easier to follow/more interactive 
    I thought the emails were not formatted very well. 
    I thought the hotel could have been more accomodating. For example, I asked for a 1-hour check-out time extension and was told there would be a 20% charge. I have NEVER been told that before at any hotel. Every other hotel I stayed in has accomodated that request with no extra charge. Very unhappy with the hotel on this. 
    I was at an overflow hotel. I emailed conf organizer prior to the conf to find out if there would be a shuttle with no response. The walk to my hotel was short but with cars wizzing by 70 mph, it was terribly unpleasant and unsafe. I finally asked the Sheraton for use of their shuttle and they came through. Conf organizers could have made this arrangement ahead of time and let us know. I won't attend another conference where this is not done. 
    I was struck by demographics. At most of the sessions I attended, women far outnumbered men. For most activities I was involved with, the leadership was mainly female. Of jobs I have been tracking, 6 of the last 7 were filled by women. I am wondering if the job of Natural Resources Extension agent is becoming a female-dominated field and, if so, why that might be. Are women perceived as being more honest, caring and able to provide useful information than "mansplainers?" Are women being directed to Ext 
    If there was a way to ensure all rooms had a minimum size. I was in a room for less than 40 and it had more than 80 people in it. In another session, a room set for 120 looked empty with over 40 people there. 
    If you serve continental breakfast, you need to have snack breaks mid morning. Sugar wears off quickly! 
    If you truly want to be green do not serve beef 
    Improve breakfast. Have more coffee available throughout the day! 
    Increase food quality and quantity 
    It felt to me this hotel was not up to par. Not sure that is the association's fault. It seemed perhaps they were in financial trouble and trying to do this conference "on the cheap". Not enough staff at meals, all the taps at the bar were empty, the coffee bar wasn't always fully stocked. Not sure NACDEP can do anything about that, but worth noting? 
    keep costs down to appeal to more folks..Broadcast plenary sesssions to folks at home. Technology is there and we become inclusive not exclusive as the appearance suggests. 
    Keep your costs down. No need to have conference in fancy locations. How can we better support local economy and businesses instead of big corporations? 
    Kudos for having online scheduling app instead of paper. But it took some getting used to. 
    Less content of higher quality in presentations is sometimes better than lots of content that may be forgotten due to rushed or lack of time to present. 
    Loved the way poster sessions were handled and LOVED "Ignite" 
    make sure the facility provides COFFEE 
    maybe it was too big a conference for me. 
    Meals were poorly organized especially during dinner on Monday night, but overall everything was well done. 
    Meeting rooms were hard to figure out and we needed more time to transfer between the spaces. 
    More coffee service Larger meeting rooms Couldn't attend some sessions 
    Must have a conference facility that can handle such a large group and is prepared beforehand for meals/breaks. 
    Name tags needed to have STATE on them. 
    Needed more time between concurrent sessions (5 minutes) to not be late to next session. Need some kind of afternoon break with coffee/tea/pop/snacks - would be willing to pay $10 extra on registration in order to have this! Schedule on app was good for me, but many I spoke to did not like the paper-less approach. Have paper available for those who want it or are not tech-savvy. LOcation was beautiful. Nice to combine two organizations togher. 
    Nice job providing a useful conference 
    No snacks. Conference center was very spread-out and confusing. 
    No time allowed within concurrent sessions to move from one room to another; hotel registration very slow; meeting rooms often too cold or too hot; no protein at breakfast 
    no time between breakouts was a challenge given the complex sprawled nature of the facility. Web based agenda was irritating but workable 
    Not enough time between sessions. 
    Not providing a simple conf. agenda was a bad idea. Not providing cofee during breaks was a much worse idea. 
    One meeting room was quite undersized for the large numbers that went to it for a Monday session. I know it's a pain, but getting people to choose sessions ahead of time would be helpful. That is, if you could get them to do it. 
    Opening reception was in a space way too small for the audience 
    participants should be able to get a printed copy of the agenda with sessions listed or tell them early enough that they can print (not the day before which was a Saturday). Receptions were horrible. Very narrow hallway with only one food line, spent the time in line. 
    Please allow for enough time to trnsition between concurrent sessions! It was major disruption to the speakers!! 
    Please consider a printed program. 
    Please have an actual breakfast or protein component to the meal if possible. Fruit and carbs burn off quickly. 
    Please provide coffee and break service 
    Poster specs were not consistent. Different dimensions sent week before conference--weren't exact anyway. Overall, most details were thought through and executed smoothly. 
    Print a meeting agenda! Room directions or a map of rooms would be appropriate. 
    Print agendas 
    Provide coffee 
    Receptions in hallway was rediculous. Standing up against the wall to let people by. Lines at food. There was a ballroom right behind us. 
    recommend a five or ten minute break between sessions- it is difficult for attendees to go form one side of hotel to other. Also it is disrupting to speaker sand listeners to have people entering 5-10 minutes after session start. 
    rooms hard to find and spread out. way too cold. 
    Rooms were sometimes way too large for the attendance at a topic and at times way too small for the attendance at a topic. The small room issues I experienced were all related to community development topics. 
    Sched is impractical and totally a pain to use. An actual app based (not web based app) would have been appreciated. 
    schedule of workshops on web ahead of time was very hard to open to see all workshops. should of had pdfs that were 1 page each to download and print easily 
    see above 
    Serve more cofffee. 
    Sheraton seemed a bit understaffed at times. 
    SOme longer in-depth sessions, please. 
    Spread out rooms were good and bad (exercise, getting to meet others on the way; but too far to jump between sessions without missing 5 min); food lines could have gone faster with additional serving stations. 
    Thank you for organizing and facilitating a very good joint conference. 
    Thanks for all your efforts--this was a huge undertaking and very apparent that a lot of work went into it. It was very well done. 
    Thanks for the shuttles! Keynotes were good, mobile tour was so nice, food culture and agritourism 
    the appetizers instead of a meal were not good. 
    The best thing was the Sheraton hotel and Burlington. Great hotel room/meeting rooms. I walked to/from the lake/downtown every night. I attended the Pre-conference tour which was fantastic! 
    The caterers vastly underestimated how to serve 400+ people on buffet lines. 
    The conference planner was rude and downright terrible. There is a reason NAE4-HA does not use her anymore. We found it comical that she did such a poor job considering she was working with a group of professionals who help teach how to plan and facilitate successful meeting. Hearding people with a cowbell is not professional. We may be from land-grant universities, but there are other ways to handle croud logistics. There was not enough food at many of the meals, which turned into an experiment in food ins 
    The folks at the information desk did not always have the information I needed. For instance I wanted to know the topic of one of the plenary sessions and no one knew. I asked a lot of people. 
    The food was awesome, but let's do coffee. 
    The internet at the hotel/conference center was super slow both in wifi and for my data plan through AT&T. Conference planners can't control this but it is an important detail to ask hotel how good their connection is when choosing a location. 
    The lack of rooms at the conference hotel was the pits- especially for someone almost 7 mo pregnant! 
    The layout of the conference center was very confusing and food was not great 
    The meals and breaks were not sufficient. We all understand the need to keep costs down, but given the costs, participants expected (and needed) more in terms of breakfast and breaks. The search for a more substantial breakfast and for coffee and break food pulled participants from sessions. 
    The online conference app was not very useful. In fact, I saw many people printed out the schedule because the app was so tedious to navigate. 
    The overall conference was very good and I appreciate the effort of the organizing committee in putting together such a nice program of presentations. Most of my issues were with the venue and planners. In some cases, there was not enough food or the food was placed in such a manner that it was nearly impossible to access in a reasonable time. There was only one bar and one bartender before the awards ceremony so the line was so long that most people gave up. Although we were warned, the lack of coffee was 
    The room locations were an issue and trying to figure out were the conconcurrent sessions were being held was hard to do. Between the online schedule and room locations being scattered all around the center, navigating the conference was one of the most difficult that I have experienced. 
    The Sheraton in VT did not seem prepared to host our group. The rooms were dirty and the shuttle was a big problem. 
    The website was hard to navigate and should be mobile compatible. Registration was confusing, especially when having to wait for the NACDEP membership to go through. It would be easier if I could register and do my membership at the same time. I would have liked paper copies of the schedule, at least the summary schedule. The registration desk should have summary schedules available. The app was great, but I still like having paper for the summary schedule. The woman at the Registration desk was not helpful 
    There were. Way too many emails before the conference that had very little information in them. They should have workshop descriptions available. 
    This is an expensive conference. I don't understand why you couldn't even serve coffee during the breaks. 
    This organization will cease to exist if it doesn't modernize its theoretical perspective, it's topical choices, or membership benefits. 
    This was the first conference I've ever been to where registration was simply passing out the name tag. I know you were trying to keep costs down but I really would have liked to have had a program of some sort. 
    Too many emails right before/during conference - I quit reading them. 
    Very nicely done! Thank you for all of your hard work. 
    very pricey registration for what i got and then to say no coffee to keep costs down seems a bit ridiculous. i know at $70/gallon not a great price, but what is it spread across attendees. 
    We filled out a separate evaluation for it already, but I want to emphasize that the pre-conference study tour was fantastic. Also, I would like to mention that I appreciated the emphasis on "walking our talk" throughout the conference, with lots of local foods options and also hotel meals that were more vegetable-focused. Also, the trolley shuttle from the hotel to downtown was super helpful and a nice addition. Nice job! 
    we need protein options for breakfast! meeting rooms were spread out too far for the time available to move between sessions 
    When combining conferences please make sure that there are sessions that apply to both parties. There were many more options for ANREP than community development professionals. . 
    When planning the concurrent sessions, there needs to be a 5 minute break at the end of the first two. This gives time for the 1st presenter to sit down, a 2nd to stand up and get moving, and the audience to slip in and/or out if the topic has changed ( and get to one more suited to their interests). The sessions are not always related to each other and this would make it easier for both presenters and the audience. 
    While I commend you on the idea of a paperless schedule, I still prefer a paper copy. Especially one with a map! Though the signage was good, it was still a bit difficult to initially find the meeting rooms. 
    While I understand there were many speakers who needed to present in a small amount of time, there was no time left between sessions for getting to and from the meeting rooms. The layout of the Sheraton compounded that as the rooms were spread out and in different parts of the building. 
    Worst venue for a conference ever experienced! Waited 3 hours after 3:00 p.m. checkin for a room. Not exceptable! Map of venue should have been provided at registration. There were no breaks...terrible cost saving idea. 
    Would like to be able to read the abstracts of the presentations prior to the conference to make it easier to plan. 
  Now, please tell us a little about yourself so that we can better understand the views of those who attended the conference. (Instruction)
  54.   What is your age?
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Multiple Choice
246 responses
    under 35  37    15.04%
    35-49  91    36.99%
    50-69  118    47.97%
    70 or older  0    0.00%
  55.   In relationship to your work with Extension, in which career stage would you place yourself?
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Multiple Choice
248 responses
    Early career (first 6 years)  73    29.44%
    Middle career (7 to 15 years)  70    28.23%
    Later career (16 or more years)  102    41.13%
    Retired  0    0.00%
    Does not apply  3    1.21%
  56.   With which Extension region are you associated?
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Multiple Choice
247 responses
    Northeast  53    21.46%
    South  61    24.70%
    Northcentral  88    35.63%
    West  44    17.81%
    1890  0    0.00%
    Located outside the USA  1    0.40%
    Federal government  0    0.00%
  57.   To which of the following Extension associations do you belong? Please check all that apply.
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All That Apply
248 responses
    ANREP (Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals)  118    47.58%
    NACDEP (National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals)  134    54.03%
    NEAFCS (National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science)  5    2.02%
    NAE4HA (National Association of Extension 4-H Agents)  10    4.03%
    NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents)  27    10.89%
    NAEPSDP (National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals)  2    0.81%
    ESP (Epsilon Sigma Phi)  41    16.53%
    None  6    2.42%
  58.   What is your main affiliation?
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Multiple Choice
247 responses
    University (Extension)  225    91.09%
    University (not Extension)  10    4.05%
    County agency  4    1.62%
    State agency  1    0.40%
    Federal agency  0    0.00%
    Non-profit organization  2    0.81%
    Private business  1    0.40%
    Student  1    0.40%
    Other  3    1.21%
  59.   If you work for Extension, which word best describes the scope of your work?
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Multiple Choice
243 responses
    National  11    4.53%
    Statewide  130    53.50%
    Regional or multi-county  53    21.81%
    County  42    17.28%
    Does not apply - Do not work for Cooperative Extension  7    2.88%
  Conferences have an impact on the local economy. Please estimate how much money you spent while traveling in Vermont; include any personal and professional expenses incurred before, during, or after the conference. (Question Set)
  60.   Transportation while in Vermont:
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240 responses
    Less than $1  49    20.42%
    $1 to $99  120    50.00%
    $100 to $199  28    11.67%
    $200 to $399  32    13.33%
    $400 to $699  6    2.50%
    $700 to $1000  4    1.67%
    Greater than $1000  1    0.42%
  61.   Lodging:
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240 responses
    Less than $1  11    4.58%
    $1 to $99  1    0.42%
    $100 to $199  7    2.92%
    $200 to $399  65    27.08%
    $400 to $699  117    48.75%
    $700 to $1000  36    15.00%
    Greater than $1000  3    1.25%
  62.   Food and beverages:
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243 responses
    Less than $1  2    0.82%
    $1 to $99  48    19.75%
    $100 to $199  111    45.68%
    $200 to $399  69    28.40%
    $400 to $699  12    4.94%
    $700 to $1000  1    0.41%
    Greater than $1000  0    0.00%
  63.   Fees and admissions to VT attractions:
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235 responses
    Less than $1  102    43.40%
    $1 to $99  102    43.40%
    $100 to $199  25    10.64%
    $200 to $399  6    2.55%
    $400 to $699  0    0.00%
    $700 to $1000  0    0.00%
    Greater than $1000  0    0.00%
  64.   Souvenirs and gifts:
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238 responses
    Less than $1  50    21.01%
    $1 to $99  129    54.20%
    $100 to $199  45    18.91%
    $200 to $399  12    5.04%
    $400 to $699  2    0.84%
    $700 to $1000  0    0.00%
    Greater than $1000  0    0.00%
  65.   Other purchases:
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191 responses
    Less than $1  70    36.65%
    $1 to $99  96    50.26%
    $100 to $199  21    10.99%
    $200 to $399  3    1.57%
    $400 to $699  1    0.52%
    $700 to $1000  0    0.00%
    Greater than $1000  0    0.00%
  Thank you for your responses. We will follow-up in six months to ask how you have been able to utilize the content and networking opportunities provided by this conference. (Instruction)