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Title: Effectiveness of Best Practice Management Guides - Literature Review. Final Report to: Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Contributor(s): Coleman, Michael  (author); Sindel, Brian M (author)orcid 
Corporate Author: Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Best practice management (BPM) guides are a commonly used form of extension to improve private landholder management of invasive pest species in Australia. However, relatively little is known about the quantifiable benefits of these guides as a standalone extension technique. Extension is effective in delivering messages to target audiences, and fostering adoption of best management practices. However, none of the literature quantifies the impact of extension programs on practice change. While BPM guides are amongst the most highly regarded written information sources on pest species management amongst landholders, face to face approaches are more highly regarded. Ideally then, BPM guides can play an important role in supporting these interpersonal forms of extension as part of an integrated and complementary extension strategy which accounts for diversity of opinions, experiences, capabilities and interest amongst target audiences, and increases the potential for success. Preparing a successful BPM guide will commence with an assessment of the actual need for extension. The guide development process will involve a 'continuum' of information gathering and consultation to ensure it is as relevant as possible to the target audience.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070308 Crop and Pasture Protection (Pests, Diseases and Weeds)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960403 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
960413 Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
HERDC Category Description: R1 Report
Extent of Pages: 53
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