Getting Started

This toolkit will help you complete a Knowledge & Adoption plan.

What do we mean by knowledge?

Land & Water Australia defines knowledge broadly, encompassing tacit knowledge - in people's heads, and explicit knowledge - in research reports, databases and technologies. When we use the term knowledge we also include information.

Philosophically speaking, knowledge (and information generally) usually emerges from data, which is why we do research. The correct application of knowledge can produce wisdom.

Natural resource management and agriculture demands credible, high quality scientific knowledge. We place strong emphasis on making this happen. At the same time we embrace other ways of knowing, including the practical landscape knowledge of farmers and indigenous peoples.

We recognise that knowledge can take many forms, including technologies, systems understanding and new insights.

Translating knowledge into practice requires highly skilled processes in its own right.

External Resources

The European Guide to Good Practice in Knowledge Management

What is knowledge and adoption?

We use the term knowledge and adoption to describe how we manage information and knowledge throughout the lifecycle of research to improve adoption of the research outcomes. In other words, we manage knowledge for improved adoption. The lifecycle of a research program includes planning, implementation and legacy.

This means more than doing technology transfer when the research is complete, more than communicating outcomes in glossy brochures, and more than investing research dollars without determining your stakeholder needs.


Adoption is the uptake of research outputs in the community. It is also sometimes called Uptake.

What is a Knowledge and Adoption Plan?

A Knowledge & Adoption plan will increase the uptake and impact of your research. This toolkit will help you complete your K&A plan and includes resources to conduct your K&A activities.

Developing a K&A plan early in the project helps you and us to manage knowledge uptake throughout the implementation of your project and once your project is completed (its legacy).

A K&A plan should answer:

  1. Who is involved in, affected by or interested in your project?
  2. How are they to be informed and/or engaged?
  3. When will the activities occur?
  4. How will you measure the effectiveness of your planned activities (monitoring and evaluation)?
  5. How will your project legacy continue?

A K&A plan should aim to be more than just a communication plan.

K&A plan template.doc41 KB
Example of a completed KA plan (43kb).pdf42.87 KB