Printable Training Guides

The below training and reference guides provide you with easy to digest information on best practice community engagement and extension programs.

This guide is for practitioners and outlines a systematic approach for developing and evaluating content-driven communication strategies, so that policymakers, scientists and engagement specialists can connect more effectively with their target audiences.

This guide is for practitioners and outlines a systematic approach for developing behaviour change interventions, so that policymakers, scientists and engagement specialists can better connect with their target audiences to improve participation rates and hence the effectiveness of management programs.

This handbook brings together key theories and practices of community engagement to assist practitioners develop their own engagement plans, put them into practice and learn how to improve through evaluation of these efforts.

This review publication assesses theories from the literature as it relates to online community development and suggests how it can be applied to the design of online communities seeking collaboration or civic engagement for collective action.

This document was developed in 2014 and reviews the literature on this issue, describes internet access and use patterns in Australia, summarises current online and web-based tools and provides observations regarding potential modifications and improvements, and concludes with recommendations for further research. Although some of the data is now out-of-date, the document provides a useful platform for the goal of designing an integrated engagement strategy which includes online tools.

Improving institutions - reform reports

The overall purpose of these evidence-based reports is to stimulate discussion, agreement and eventual reform to strengthen community resilience against the economic, social and environmental costs from the devastating spread of invasive species.

Discussion paper: Effective Citizen Action on Invasive Species: The Institutional Challenge

This report summarises the key areas where reform is needed and ‘puts on the table’ priorities and proposals that should be considered. Its focus is institutional issues that affect voluntary citizen action for the control of invasive species (particularly major vertebrate pests) in rural and peri-urban areas.

Recommendations for the reform of invasive species management institutions

This report outlines five institutional impediments where significant improvements are needed for new policies to be effective and contains proposals for reducing institutional impediments.

Scenario Planning for Institutional Improvements to Support Citizen Action in Invasive Animal Management

This report outlines a scenario planning process to test a number of future options for institutional improvement to more effectively support (and reduce impediments to) citizen action in invasive animal management.

Research publications and texts

View our array of research publications and textbooks produced on best practice community pest management

Community based control of invasive species

This book is based on five years of research by leading scholars in natural resource and human behavioural sciences, which involved government and citizen groups in Australia and the United States. It has been edited by Paul Martin, Theodore Alter, Don Hine, Tanya Howard.

Community Pest Management in Practice – A Narrative Approach

This book presents a collection of practitioner and community stories that reveal how invasive species management is a community issue that can spark community formation and collective action. It combines the unique first-person narratives of practitioners on the frontline of invasive species management in Australia with three case studies of community action for wild dog management across a range of geographical landscapes. Authors include Howard, T., Alter, T., Frumento, P., and Thompson, L.J.

Engaging with Communities Video Series

Meet the people involved in engaging communities in pest animal and natural resource management and find out why they are passionate about making sure all Australians have the right knowledge and tools to ensure best practice pest animal control.

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