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Technology Diffusion: Barriers to Change
Table of Contents
Background and Overview
The ADOP2T Model
Initiating an ADOP2T Program
Reasons to Change
Barriers to Change
State and Regional Efforts
Key Contacts
Complete List of Links

Factors that may impede the switch from traditional technology diffusion efforts to the Accelerated Diffusion of Pollution Prevention Technologies (ADOP2T) approach include:

  • ADOP2T can be labor intensive for the technical assistance providers. Many local, state and federal technical assistance programs provide limited services. For example, some technical assistance programs only provide printed and electronic information in addition to telephone and e-mail assistance. Others offer on-site assessments, but may be limited to the amount of assistance they can provide (due to manpower restrictions/lack of sufficient change agents working in the field) and/or the depth of knowledge and experience within the organization. In such a case, it is suggested that the technical assistance program staff partner with other complimentary organizations that can provide additional services that are elements of the ADOP2T concept.
  • Capital Investment Requirements Many assistance programs either purchase or lease equipment that the change agents can then take to facilities to perform demonstrations and pilot tests. Alternative approaches that relieve some of the financial burden placed upon the technical assistance program can be identified. For example, see the description of the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) Metal Finishing project in the "State and Regional Efforts" section of this Topic Hub. KPPC offered to purchase proven P2 technologies for a facility as an applied research project. The metal finisher, in return, agreed to reimburse KPPC for those costs if the payback on the technologies was within a certain agreed-upon time period.


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Hub Last Updated: 12/9/2010