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Extension & Adoption Training Program [2024]

Date and time

Six part series run over various dates starting Wed, 10 Apr 2024 and ending Wed, 15 May 2024


Module 1 (April 10) and Module 2 (April 11) are in person events and will be held at Pagoda Resort & Spa.
112 Melville Pde Como, WA 6152

All other modules are online.

Learning Objectives

While this six-part program is designed as continuing professional development for those who have some experience in adoption and extension and are ready to take their skills to a higher level, newcomers are also welcome and will benefit from taking part.

Learning objectives include:

  1. Understand modern approaches to extension and adoption
  2. Identify and document your project context including Research, Development, Extension and Adoption (RDE&A) outcomes and priorities
  3. Develop the business case for any Research, Development or Adoption work your group wants to undertake
  4. Clarify target audiences’ desired levels of change
  5. Understand the steps in developing an extension plan to achieve desired level change
  6. Develop an extension plan for your program
  7. Develop an event plan for a field day or workshop
  8. Have a basic understanding of facilitation techniques used in an agricultural context
  9. Understand the basic steps in monitoring and evaluation.

Dates and Delivery

Where content is considered essential it is marked ***Recommended essential

Module 1 – Defining and developing priorities for investment and for your group or business

Wednesday 10 April, 12 pm – 5 pm (5 hours) | In person at Pagoda Resort & Spa, Como

Better define priorities, then flesh them out for funding proposals or for R, D or E work. Will work with group map as a training tool. Sundowner and fellowship to finish the day.

Facilitators: Julianne Hill, Alison Lacey

Module 2 – Extension planning framework

Thursday 11 April, 9 am – 3 pm (6 hours) | In person at Pagoda Resort & Spa, Como

Plan a suite of extension activities – planning for change, target audiences, plan activities, team capacity, evaluation, risk management etc.

Facilitators: Theo Nabben, Alison Lacey ***Recommended essential

Module 3 – Extension event planning

Wednesday 17 April, 9 am – 11 am (2 hours) | Online

Getting the most out of guest presenters and subject matter experts, running events that the audience wants.

Facilitators: Alison Lacey, Julianne Hill ***Recommended essential

Module 4 – Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation

Wednesday 1 May, 9 am – 11 am (2 hours) | Online

Defining evaluation questions, develop M & E plan, choose methods, management evaluation.

Facilitators: Theo Nabben, Julianne Hill

Module 5 – Facilitation Training

Wednesday 8 May, 9 am – 11 am (2 hours) | Online

Aimed at new staff – how to facilitate managing meetings, format and processes in member/stakeholder engagement.

Facilitators: Theo Nabben, Julianne Hill, Alison Lacey ***Recommended essential

Module 6 – Group Chat Mentoring session

Wednesday 15 May, 9 am – 11 am (2 hours) | Online

Group session focused on discussing and evaluating individual participants’ case-by-case challenges on E&A programs they may be currently delivering or have in the pipeline.

Facilitators: Julianne Hill, Theo Nabben, Alison Lacey

Places & Pricing

There is space for 30 delegates and places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Hub Consortium Partners and GGA network members have access to subsidised tickets with a ticketing fee of $20 per online session and $50 for the face-to-face sessions.

All other industry delegates are welcome with a ticketing fee of $50 per online session and $100 for the face-to-face sessions.

A waitlist will run.

Benefits of the Extension & Adoption program

The benefits of doing this program will be immediate but can last a lifetime:

  • Gain clarity around the technical delivery process
  • Develop confidence and professional skills to enhance relevance of your group to stakeholders
  • Define your organisations E&A vision and goals
  • Learn how to identify where delivery format needs adjustment for impact
  • Build a professional community of practice with colleagues throughout the WA agricultural industry
  • Improve your group’s ability to have local impact with adoption of improved practice.

Format & Features

Delivery – due to the geographical spread of stakeholders, delivery will be in a blended learning format with two workshops in person and four online using Teams

Handouts – a useful collection of handouts will be curated

Peer-to-peer learning – Enjoy an interactive process and benefit from other experienced agriculture industry professionals with similar challenges

Interactive Q&A format – The sessions will be interactive with the instructor fielding questions as they arise.


Special discount accommodation rate for delegates at the Pagoda Resort and Spa. Please use the following link to book your accomodation:

Promo Code:

Event a tPagoda


The special accomodation rate is $190 per person and includes buffet breakfast for one guest, and high speed wifi.


Workshop Host: South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub


Direct any enquiries about participation in the event to the workshops’ coordinator – Alison Lacey, GGA Project Manager

0429 084 421



Posted on

26 Mar 2024