Coutts J&R

Evaluation is the foundation of strong decision making

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.

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Posted by Jeff Coutts
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The Christmas and New Year break is now past – and January 2016 has started with a rush!  Some welcome rain is falling around Queensland and it gives some hope for many of the properties that have faced drought over recent years.A delight in a recent trip to New Zealand was a visit to Hobbiton.  A great example of diversification!  There in the middle of a sheep and cattle property, among the beautiful green rolling hills of New Zealand was this magical legacy of Hobbiton – with clothes drying on the line, food on the tables in front of the hillside dwellings and so well kept that you can imagine that the hobbits are just away for the day!

The reason for being in NZ was to accompany a group of grain consultants from Australia as part of the GRDC EATS project to explore different ways of working in extension and advisory work with producers.  The dairy industry provides a wealth of effective approaches.  We also met with James Turner from AgResearch to discuss insights from the Primary Innovation Program/Co-innovation project.

Visiting Chile again was a highlight!  So good to catch up with my Chilean colleagues. This time the focus was on workshops with consultants who are contracted to support smallholder farmers.  It was a learning experience for me as well!  The course covered the family farm system and how to consider technology in the context of the social aspects on the farm as well as understanding learning processes and barriers to change.  This project goes for a couple of years – so there is an opportunity to support this group over time.

The APEN conference in Adelaide was excellent.  There were new conversations about supporting change with a focus on the public and private complementary roles – a lot of energy and new insights into extension.  And the conference organisers did us all proud with a great social program and special touches as well.  With many of the participants from the private sector finding this extension network as a key support group, it bodes well for the future and direction of extension.

So on with 2016 – and hope!

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News Updates

European International Farming Systems (IFSA) Conference 2016
The 12th European IFSA Symposium will take place at Harper Adams University, UK from Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 July 2016. The theme of the Symposium will be:  Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways.These Symposiums provide a good mix of social and technical and quantitative and qualitative approaches and are great forums for networking. One of the workshops will be run from the New Zealand team running the Primary Innovation program/Co-Innovation project: 1.3 Using a co-innovation approach to improve innovation and learning in the Theme: Innovation, Knowledge and Learning processes. There is also a workshop (1.2) on Monitoring and Evaluation for Learning and Innovation.

Rural Research and Development for Profit Program
Projects from Round one are now up and running.  Round two of the Rural R&D for Profit programme closed on 1 December 2015.  ​The website notes that the ​Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper announced the government’s decision to extend the programme for a further four financial years and provide an additional $100 million in grant funding. The total funding available for the programme has therefore been increased to $200 million over eight years, ending on 30 June 2022. There are already efforts being made to prepare proposals for Round 3.

Sample Project

Looking at the effectiveness of leadership training – funded by the NHT.

This project was undertaken in 2002. It used facilitated workshops to evaluate the effectiveness of pilot capacity building training program with community facilitators funded by the National Heritage Trust. It looked at the type of delivery and the content as well as issues surrounding VET accreditation of the course.

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