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Ongoing project

Demonstrating the benefits of building capability and capacity in extension delivery in the vegetable industry (VG21002)

Key research provider: The University of Melbourne

What's it all about?

This investment is evaluating the impact of providing additional training and support to industry development officers (IDOs) engaged in Hort Innovation projects, with the aim of demonstrating the benefits that can be achieved through enhanced capacity and capability. The research will focus on VegNET 3.0 and the additional training and support that is being provided to the National Coordinator and 10 Regional Development Officers (RDOs) involved in this project.

The direct intended outcome of the project is for Hort Innovation, and other agriculture innovation stakeholders, to be better informed in relation to the most effective methods and approaches for building professional development for extension personnel into extension project designs

IDOs/RDOs play a vital role in the effective delivery of many of Hort Innovation’s projects, and recent internal reviews have determined that IDOs would benefit from professional development opportunities, particularly in the area of extension theory and practice to support effectiveness of project delivery.

By generating knowledge on what works and what doesn’t work for building IDOs capacity and capability, the findings from this project will create the opportunity to improve efficiency and effectiveness across Hort Innovation’s full portfolio of extension projects.

The project’s findings will inform extension practice more broadly in Australian and international agriculture and will contribute to scholarly knowledge in the area of managing extension within various agricultural innovation systems.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund