Address economic benefits: Show that profits will increase as a result of adoption of the practice Continue reading →
Consider target audience issues such as time, skill, and direct experience with saving money over time Continue reading →
Emphasize one-on-one contact. This strategy correlates with farmer willingness to change practices, but adoption of a new technology requires more than a personal conversation and data about the specific situation Continue reading →
When using predictive models to aid farmers in making a nutrient application decision:
- confirm that predictive models have been tested with satisfactory results against field experiments.
- confirm that the models show detectable reductions of nutrient leaching, as a consequence of implemented remedies.
- provide results that consider the total environmental impact of a suggested measure, in order to show a more realistic evaluation of sources of nutrient load (e.g. provide results demonstrating the combined impact of all potential nutrients, rather than results predicting application impacts of one nutrient at a time).
- provide simulations that are based on a specific climatic variable, such as air temperature, rather than general seasonal timing (early fall).
- develop a system for presenting model uncertainties appropriate to use in stakeholder dialogues.
Present nutrient application simulations to farmers in a group, to give farmers an opportunity to learn what practices others are using and how they weigh aspects when making decisions about nutrient management.
When involving the public in green space planning: use survey responses to group residents according to their interest in recreation, in planning participation, or no interest.
- Develop participation programs suited to each group’s unique characteristics.
Visual, spatial information is effective in stimulating group discussion when presented as part of a participatory approach.
The choice of type of visual, spatial information to use in an education program depends on the audience. Some prefer pollution modeling, others prefer satellite images and maps or simply the discussion generated by showing models and maps. Continue reading →
A participatory workshop using pollution modeling, satellite images, maps, and discussion, enables farmers to identify pollution prevention efforts that are considered to be within their own control. Farmers may not be willing to adopt measures that lead to lost income, even when they consider the measure to be effective. Continue reading →
Provide teachers with substantial support to better enable them to build water supply and management topics into their curricula by:
- Building teacher self confidence in understanding water concepts that are less familiar to them