What we do
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 undertaking reviews, establishing evaluation frameworks, planning and undertaking monitoring and evaluation activities (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.
Monitoring, Evaluation & Reviews
|M&E planning & frameworks|
|Program & project evaluations|
|M&E management & support|
|Benefit Cost Analysis|
Data Management & Reporting
|Planning and managing data collation|
|YourDATA development and support|
|Data analysis and reporting|
|Evaluation plans for communication programs|
|Defining objectives and KPIs|
|Reviews of communication programs|
- Jeff Coutts is a co-author of a chapter in the recently on-line published book: “Rural Development for Sustainable Social-ecological Systems: Putting Communities First”.
Abstract: This chapter presents a brief but critical account of trends in agricultural extension practices in Australia. Agricultural extension practices have changed significantly over the past five decades. Structural changes in agriculture, new types of agricultural technologies, tight public budgets, efforts to decentralise government and emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) have led to pluralistic advisory services. Earlier research has described the history of agricultural extension until 2010 in Australia. Using a ‘practice perspective’, this paper focuses on the practices of practitioners in agricultural extension. The chapter starts with a discussion of what extension refers to in Australia. This is followed by a brief outline of the history of agricultural extension in Australia providing insight into the diversity of current extension practices. Then the key methodological approaches that inform current extension practices are described, namely approaches that focus on (1) adoption and diffusion; (2) interactions and learning; and (3) agricultural innovation systems and systems innovation. The paper concludes with a discussion of new developments in extension practices as well as opportunities to strengthen and re-invigorate the study of extension.
Link to the journal article: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-34225-7_4
- International workshop for education and advisory actors of rural areas, the agricultural and environmental sector, including the home and food economy
The networks International Academy for Rural Advisory Services (IALB), European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services (EUFRAS) and South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network (SEASN) as well as the Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) are organising an international workshop for education and advisory actors of rural areas, the agricultural and environmental sector, including the home and food economy, in Dresden from 10 to 14 September 2023. The theme is: The role of education and extension in the transformation process of agriculture – in the context of climate change, ensuring nutrition and societal demands.
Registration is from July 2023: https://www.ialb.sachsen.de/
- Agriculture Graduate Placement Program Coordinator Role
Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Agriculture Graduate Placement Program Coordinator to join their team. The primary responsibility of this position is to place graduates and new entrants into host organisations within the agricultural sector – more details can be found here.