What was the challenge/ problem that was addressed? Why is it important for the partnership to solve the problem?

During the Covid 19 crisis, all schools were closed and public buildings were shut. Young farmers who were attending class had to switch to virtual classes and course content including assessment.

How did you solve the problem? (Or if your practical case is still in progress how are you solving the problem?)

Advisors used digital solutions to keep the courses going and worked as a community of practitioners to ensure that the solutions were effective and that learning took place in the newer more remote contexts.

What is innovative in your practical case? (e.g. technological innovation, new product or services, market innovations, social/organizational innovations etc.)

While this is a technological solution, it also has social and organizational innovations as the services developed are likely to be retained and embedded into future learning plans.

What are the success factors in solving the problem?

Good communications, critical thinking, trust and commitment of staff.

Lessons learned

Sometimes it takes a crisis to start an innovation process.

What role does the advisor or advisory service play within the practical case?

A central role in testing and delivering new and more efficient ways of providing services.

Can your approach be transferred and/or adapted for other innovation challenges and regions?


Please estimate transferability in a scale from 1 to 5


For sharing the experience on the good practice, please contact Tom Kelly tom.kelly@teagasc.ie