Case Studies

Bringing about impact: what leads to successful adoption and practice change?

At AgResearch, we want our stakeholders and end users use our R&D outputs (e.g papers, workshops, products etc) to bring about positive outcomes for New Zealand. Although great science, and professional outputs of that science, are important pre-requisites for achieving impact, on their own they are often insufficient. For example, if no-one reads a journal publication, or uses a decision support tool – however well put together it may be – then practice change is unlikely to occur. So we’ve studied past and present projects to determine the factors that lead to successful impact.

These case studies show that the following principles are more likely to lead to the successful impact of a project:

  1. Take a problem focus
  2. Understand your next and end users
  3. Alignment of needs
  4. The right team
  5. Involve stakeholders in implementing solutions
  6. Action learning (plan-do-observe-reflect)
  7. Front up: share results early and often

You can read more about these case studies here:


How we did the case studies

Methodology and Diagnostic toolkit