Coutts J&R

Good decision-making is not possible without effective evaluation

Welcome to Coutts J&R — one of Australia’s leading evaluation companies. We have the experience and networks to meet your monitoring, evaluation and reporting needs.

Coutts J&R provides you with industry leading expertise and tools to collect, interpret and effectively use information to make the best decisions for your project and program. Our expertise is in establishing evaluation frameworks, planning and undertaking monitoring and evaluation (or mentoring your staff as they undertake the process) and measuring and reporting on impact. Our challenge is to make sure that you have the information you need to make the most informed decisions and meet your reporting requirements.

Contact Details

Phone:
+61 (0)7 4630 1297
Mobile:
0438 361 153
Email:
jeff@couttsjr.com.au
Post:
PO Box 2681, Toowoomba Queensland 4350

Coutts J&R's Blog

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It’s autumn and time for a blog update from me.  What is exciting for our web page is that Amy is also writing a blog and bringing in her insights and perspectives.  The topic of using social media in extension and its evaluation, for example, is an area that there is growing interest – not just in Australia – but world-wide.  She also has a twitter feed (@amyrsamson) – and I think I am going have to get more active in that area as well!  We are certainly using social media (Whatsapp) to get regular updates on Amy’s daughter Evie’s milestones – first crawl, first word (nana) and first standing up in the cot!  We are also using this app in some projects in which I am involved – with great effect.

In January we had our daughter Jocie (who we visited in Canada) home with our two grandchildren (via Disneyland in LA).  Visits to the Australia zoo and then searching for bearded dragons in our gully were hallmarks of the visit.  Who would have thought there was so much wildlife around (and we did find some!).

I have managed to get to the local Toowoomba Show. The show’s always been a highlight for me since my younger days showing cattle at the Royal Brisbane show when I was doing my undergraduate study. The highlight for me is definitely the sheep dog trials – my first port of call!

Going back to New Zealand to undertake a component of a project review in the dairy industry for Deloitte was a recent highlight.  I always love the trips to New Zealand.  I was reading the other day that at the time of Federation, there was a hope that New Zealand might have joined up at the time. Apparently there is “Manuka” in Canberra in anticipation of this happening!  Of course, then, the Cricket World Cup series final clash between Australia and New Zealand would not have happened!

The other NZ project in which I am involved – the Co-innovation Project – is also very exciting.  Not only does it consider the value chain but it seeks to link industries, public, private and farmers. It is about bringing the major players in the ‘biological industries’ to work together, learn from each other and make big jumps in a way that they might not have otherwise.  Australia is lacking here – it’s time to learn from our NZ counterparts and embrace ‘co-innovation’.  It’s a chance to find the big opportunities for change and progress.

Now I am taking a breath and having a short break with Robyn to visit temples in Cambodia and travel down the Mekong. A true holiday – with Ben and Amy holding the fort for the company.  And after that there is the conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands to participate in two international Extension conferences.  All designed to keep my mind active and to keep learning.  Extension is still vital for change – and its so nice to be a part of it!

News Updates

ReefPlan Extension update
The Reef Water Quality Protection Plan – Extension and Education Strategy Update and Implementation Guide is now available online. It builds on the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Extension and Education Strategy 2010 developed by Brian Stockwell and provides guidance on its implementation. The purpose was to learn from the implementation to date and changes in the extension and education environment to see how this needed to be adapted to maximise impact. Jeff Coutts, who authored this update, includes his rationale for investing in extension and education and supporting structures and processes to maximise its impact.

APEN National Conference
The 2015 APEN national conference will be held this year in Adelaide from November 10-12. The conference with the theme of Managing change innovation and action in an ever shrinking world will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to embrace the challenges of the changing world before us. Jeff Coutts is one of the presenters with a paper entitled “The Growing Extension Patchwork – not dying but morphing.”

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