The ‘diagnostic toolkit’ bundles together a series of activities which will give a systemic view of a research project.
This is targeted at research project leaders, and members of the project team, who are looking for opportunities to create or increase project impact, or are frustrated by obstacles to their projects achieving impact.
Activities can be used at any point during a research project to evaluate what the barriers and opportunities are to the project creating impact, or applied at the end of a research project to identify “where to next?” or to provide lessons for “how to do even better next time?”
AgResearch social researchers used many of the activities described in the diagnostic toolkit in their recent case studies on what brings about successful adoption and practice change. These researchers are experienced at designing and implementing the methods, tailoring these methods to specific needs, organising and facilitating the workshops, and providing analysis.