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Extension: Structuring Your Agenda

Author(s): 
Mark Bell
Paul Marcotte
Organization(s): 
USAID Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services (MEAS) project
Institution(s): 
University of California at Davis
Date Published: 
March 5, 2013

Click on the resource icon in the right hand corner above to access the full text. This is one out of a series of fact sheets on classic and proven methods of extension delivery with lots of practical tips intended for extension practitioners, trainers and facilitators. 

A good workshop understands the audience, their needs and the knowledge and/or skills they need to better do their job. With clear objectives and outputs, defining the required workshop structure and content becomes quite straight forward – namely – you just need to identify what is required to achieve each objective?

Elements of a Workshop Agenda

  • Title. Have a simple, clear self-explanatory title
  • Background Briefly (1-2 sentences) why the workshop is being held (its importance and where it fits into the general framework of institutional or individual development)
  • Participants. Briefly describe who the workshop is for.
  • Goal. (Not always included)Define the larger general goal the workshop will contribute to.
  • Objectives/Outputs. Identify 3-4 major objective(s) for the workshop. Identify outputs for the objectives – a way of deciding if the workshop has been successful
  • Dates and time 
  • Logistics. Identify what is needed to support the workshop? Venue (consider free from distractions, visibility of visuals, comfort, …) Accommodation, food, Transportation. Expense information
  • Daily schedule. Specifythe activities (classes, demonstrations and visits) needed to deliver each output. Arrange in a logical flow specifying location and lead organizer.
  • Materials and resource team
  • Contact to provide additional and/or clarify information