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ADOPT

ADOPT - a bell curve and another curve on a graphADOPT (Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool) is an MS Excel-based tool that evaluates and predicts the likely level of adoption and diffusion of specific agricultural technologies and practices, with a particular target population in mind.

ADOPT is designed to assist those involved with agricultural research, development and extension to apply and understand factors that are likely to affect adoptability. It predicts adoption levels using a structured set of questions based on well-established understanding of the socio-economic factors influencing adoption of agricultural innovations.

More information is available from ADOPT: a tool to explore and inform how farmers might take up agricultural innovations (PDF), by emailing adopt@csiro.au or ADOPT project leader Dr. Rick Llewellyn.

There are two versions of ADOPT:

  • Developed country (Download) – The recently released Version 2.0 (2015) is now available for download. Improvements include new sensitivity displays and improved relative advantage formulae. Users of earlier versions are strongly encouraged to replace their previous version.
  • Smallholder – A new version is under development following the earlier beta release. Those already registered or who register now will receive an alert when it becomes available.

Acknowledgements

ADOPT can be cited as:

Kuehne, G., Llewellyn R., Pannell, D., Wilkinson, R., Dolling, P., Ouzman, J. (2013). ADOPT: the Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool (Public Release Version 1.0, June 2013) [Computer software] Adelaide SA; CSIRO. Available from www.csiro.au/ADOPT

Other contributors to the development of ADOPT have been:

Templeton, D., Ewing, M., Nicholson, C. and VBA Programming provided by Quenten Thomas (quenten@gmail.com)

ADOPT was developed through funding by the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Farm Industries. Additional support has been provided by GRDC, ACIAR, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, the University of Western Australia, DAFWA and Victorian DEPI.

The smallholder beta version of ADOPT can be cited as:

Kuehne, G., Llewellyn R., Pannell, D., Ouzman, J., Wilkinson, R., Brown, P., Dolling, P. (2013). ADOPT: the Adoption and Diffusion Outcome Prediction Tool – Smallholder Beta Version (Beta Version, June 2013) [Computer software] Adelaide SA; CSIRO. Available from www.csiro.au/ADOPT

The smallholder beta version of ADOPT was developed through funding by ACIAR and is based on the ADOPT version developed with funding from the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Farm Industries. Additional support has been provided by GRDC, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, the University of Western Australia, DAFWA and Victorian DEPI.

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