Adoptability Planning Tool: ADOPT
ADOPT (Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool) is a planning tool that helps identify the factors that influence the adoption of agricultural innovations.
ADOPT was developed by a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team brought together by Future Farm Industries CRC, and comprised of researchers from The University of Western Australia, CSIRO, Department of Primary Industries Victoria and Department of Agriculture and Food WA.
The tool features a structured step-wise approach to evaluate and predict the likely level of adoption and diffusion of specific innovations by defined target populations. By integrating principles and understanding from across multiple disciplines, the project makes adoptability issues and considerations more readily available, understandable and applicable to researchers, extension agents and R&D managers.
The first version of the adoptability tool was successfully developed by the multidisciplinary project team and was tested with Future Farm Industries CRC project teams and through a partnership with the GRDC Grain & Graze 2 regional project development teams. It was tested on 40 pasture-related projects in collaboration with industry, agribusiness and R, D & E agency staff. A comprehensive evaluation of this process was conducted and reported upon. The results from this process highlighted the existing demand for such a tool and informed the development of the second version.
ADOPT has now been tested on Future Farm CRC projects and with a broad range of projects from other RDCs.
ADOPT was formally handed over to CSIRO by Future Farm Industries CRC in early 2013. CSIRO is continuing to develop ADOPT in partnership with ACIAR and the GRDC and has maintained the original multi-disciplinary team to work on it. ADOPT is available via the CSIRO website.Contact: Dr Rick Llewellyn
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