Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Plan of Work Redesign
The Plan of Work and REEport systems are undergoing a system redesign to streamline reporting processes and improve the quality of data collected in compliance with the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Educational Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA). This collaborative and coordinated effort is the result of recommendations from the 2015 POW Panel of Experts Report and the mandate from NIFA’s director, Dr. Scott Angle, to re-engage stakeholders and reduce the burden of reporting on land-grant university (LGU) partners.
UPDATES (APRIL 27, 2020)
Due dates for Plan of Work documents
Due to the operational challenges created by COVID-19, NIFA has extended the submission deadline to June 1, 2020 for the 2021 Plan of Work (POW), the 2019 Annual Report of Accomplishments and Results, and the OGFM Supplemental. This deadline applies to projects and programs funded through the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA). Go to NIFA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources For Partners for other COVID-related updates.
Temporary process for submitting annual reports of accomplishments and supplemental forms
An interim process has been established for collecting the 2019 Annual Reports of Accomplishments and Results and the 2019 OGFM Supplemental forms (applicable to 1862 Institutions only, does not apply to territories or insular areas). Contact Lynn Khadiagala or Michael Litwack for assistance.
Plan of Work Portal
Access to the POW portal has been closed. NIFA is developing a plan to make the information accessible in another location.
POW/REEport INTEGRATION: INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE
NIFA is integrating POW and REEport beginning with the 2020 Plan of Work (POW). The goals of the POW/REEport integration project are to satisfy the AREERA reporting requirements, streamline the POW reporting process, reduce reporting burden, and streamline NIFA’s program review process.
The first phase of the new POW system, called the Institutional Profile, went live on October 19, 2018. The Institutional Profile addresses recommendations made by the 2015 Plan of Work Panel of Experts, which included research and extension representatives from every region. NIFA personnel are working with land-grant university (LGU) partners to ensure that the Institutional Profile design meets reporting requirements included in the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act (AREERA).
New features of the Institutional Profile include:
- A modernized dashboard to manage AREERA reporting
- Streamlined reporting requirements with reduced data entry
- New state-defined critical issues that will organize and help tell the story of how the research, education and cooperative extension programs conducted by NIFA and its land-grant partners are helping the U.S. food and agricultural system remain productive and profitable
WHAT IS CURRENTLY HAPPENING?
EXTENSION WORKING GROUP
The Extension Working Group was launched in January 2020 to help NIFA design the new reporting module for cooperative extension. The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) identified representatives from each region to serve on the working group. At ECOP’s suggestion, the working group includes representatives from National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference and National Impact Database teams. NIFA will initiate a similar working group for research in the summer of 2020.
The Extension Working Group is building on efforts of an early working group formed after the release of the report by 2015 Panel of Experts. That working group provided NIFA staff valuable feedback that was used to provide additional flexibility in reporting systems to accommodate the diversity across the land-grant institutions.
LAND-GRANT FEEDBACK THROUGH USABILITY TESTING
Members of the Extension Working Group and other land-grant volunteers have been participating in usability testing of the Critical Issues and Extension Program Initiation features in the new Portal. This is part of NIFA’s human-centered approach to delivering high-quality software designs. The response to the new features has been, overall, very positive. Most importantly, the testers provided constructive feedback that will be used to further improve the system. If you are interested in participating in future usability testing, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include usability testing in the subject line.
POW WEBINAR SERIES
NIFA hosts regular webinars to provide updates, hear from stakeholders, and answer questions. For more information, please visit the Plan of Work: Webinar Series resource page to access previously held webinars, information on upcoming webinars, and information on how to sign up for informational emails.
• Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
• Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Science Emphasis Area (SEA) and Knowledge Area (KA) Connection
• 2015 Plan of Work Panel of Experts Report and NIFA Response
• Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile User Guides
• Capacity Grants
- Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Webinar Series
- Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- 2015 Plan of Work Panel of Experts Final Report
- 2015 NIFA Response to the Plan of Work (POW) Panel of Experts Final Report
- Plan of Work (POW) and REEport Integration: Institutional Profile User Guides