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What should we know about the Theory of Reasoned Action?

As enablers of change, it’s helpful to understand the different ways people have characterised change. In this episode we’re exploring one of the early models of change, the Theory of Reasoned Action.  The Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) was developed by the American psychologists Martin Fishbein and Icek Ajzen in the late 1960s. They formulated the theory after attempting to determine the differences between attitude and behaviour, as an… Read more »What should we know about the Theory of Reasoned Action?

How is the Information Integration Theory useful?

As enablers of change, it’s helpful to understand the different ways people have characterised change. Today we’re exploring one of the earliest models of change, the Information Integration Theory!  Information Integration Theory (or IIT) is a theoretical framework developed by Norman Anderson in the 1970s to explain how people combine multiple pieces of information to form a single judgement. The theory proposes that people integrate information in a weighted and… Read more »How is the Information Integration Theory useful?

Is there a best method for doing extension?

Have you ever wondered what method or approach is best for a successful extension program? There is some evaluation work done on individual extension projects, but what do we know about the impact of using different extension approaches? In this episode we’re going to go through a recent paper exploring this very topic. Last year there was an interesting paper published called “Selecting methods of agricultural extension to support diverse… Read more »Is there a best method for doing extension?

How enablers of change might use ChatGPT

Have you heard about ChatGPT… the state-of-the-art conversational artificial intelligence (AI) system that can generate human-like text based on a given prompt? In this episode we’re going to explore what it is and how we might use it as enablers of change. ChatGPT stands for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer and is an AI-powered language model developed by OpenAI. It is a conversational AI system that uses deep-learning algorithms to… Read more »How enablers of change might use ChatGPT

Switch to this change model for greater impact!

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How do you change things when change is hard? Do we rely on the same way of doing things or are we going to be brave and try something different? In this episode we’re exploring the Switch model and how we might use it as enablers of change.  As our regular followers may remember, John loves reading books by the Heath brothers, Chip and Dan. They have an easy… Read more »Switch to this change model for greater impact!

Thanks… and wishing you a merry Christmas!

Wow, can you believe it’s December 2022 already… how did that happen? It’s certainly been a roller coaster ride in terms of COVID-19 as we started the year with restrictions in place, here in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, the APEN conference in February ended up completely online because of this. But now, at the end of the year, most restrictions have been dropped and we’re adjusting to a… Read more »Thanks… and wishing you a merry Christmas!

How can we better integrate extension into research projects?

How can we get greater adoption of the outcomes from Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) projects? This question has perplexed us for decades, and it seems there are no silver bullets. It’s a complex problem but through the project, ‘Designing the integration of extension into research projects’ we were able to distil seven principles for obtaining greater adoption of outcomes from RD&E.  Denise and I were recently involved in delivering… Read more »How can we better integrate extension into research projects?

What is the COM-B model of behaviour?

Recently we came across the COM-B model of behaviour. We thought this was a useful approach to understanding behaviour change so in this episode, we’re exploring the COM-B model, how it came together, and how it’s been used. Michie et al. (2011) provides an overview of the COM-B model and a framework for characterising and designing behaviour change interventions. It made sense to start with a model of behaviour… Read more »What is the COM-B model of behaviour?

It’s time to start journaling!

Many of us are struggling with anxiety, depression and being overwhelmed. Would you like to know about a proven, evidence-based approach to improve your sense of well-being? In this episode we’re going to talk about journaling, or expressive writing, as the psychologists call it. James Pennebaker, a social psychologist at the University of Texas has published extensively about the benefits of expressive writing. It’s based on his personal experience, where… Read more »It’s time to start journaling!

What motivates adoption?

As enablers of change, it’s important that we keep up-to-date with the latest extension research. But sometimes it’s hard to get the journal article, let alone make the time to read and digest it! We would like to help you with that, so in this blog post we are exploring what we have learnt about the motivators for adoption.  In 2019, a team of researchers in the US published… Read more »What motivates adoption?