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Listening

Planning for the Future listening graphic

It is important to listen to the many individuals and organizations that play a part in the future of the Georgia MGEV Program. Our strategic planning process has three stages of listening built in:

Surveys

In late summer/fall 2020, online surveys will be used to gather large amounts of information from many different audiences. It will take about an hour to answer the 138 questions included on the first-round surveys. This is an important first step in the listening process. Separate Qualtrics surveys will share similar questions tailored to the respective recipient group, including:

  • Volunteers (anyone who is or has previously been a Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer) will receive an invitation via email. If you are in this group and for some reason do not receive an invitation, please contact Sheri Dorn (sdorn@uga.edu) for the survey link.
  • Agents and Program Assistants who coordinate or are interested in coordinating county MGEV programs will receive an invitation via email from the EXTALL listserv. If you are in this group and for some reason do not receive an invitation, please contact Sheri Dorn (sdorn@uga.edu) for the survey link.
  • State-level Specialists and Administration will receive an invitation via email from the EXTSPEC listserv. If you are in this group and for some reason do not receive an invitation, please contact Sheri Dorn (sdorn@uga.edu) for the survey link.
  • General public, such as prospective volunteers, sponsors, and programming partners, are invited to participate in this survey

Conversations

In fall 2020, we will invite anyone who is interested to participate in facilitated discussions via Zoom. To manage group sizes, the sessions will be offered for specific groups of stakeholders, such as a session for MGEVs and a session for agents. 

  • Volunteers (anyone who is or has previously been a Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer) can register for sessions on:
  • Agents and Program Assistants who coordinate or are interested in coordinating county MGEV programs can register for sessions on:
  • State-level Specialists can register for sessions on:
  • State-level Administrators can register for sessions on:

Fine-tuning

In late fall 2020, we will use phone calls and interviews to refine and clarify information and ideas gleaned from the surveys and conversations.

Stakeholder input is valuable to the Strategic Planning Team and the planning process. Our ultimate goal is create a plan to improve the quality and effectiveness of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, ensuring a stellar volunteer program for tomorrow. Thank you for participating!