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

Communication Evaluation

Evaluation plans for communication programs
Defining objectives and KPIs
Reviews of communication programs

News Updates

  • What Constitutes Practice Change

    Two-page document developed by Jeff Coutts and the DCAP project on ‘What constitutes Practice Change’. It is intended to be useful in articulating the different practice change levels, definitions of practice change and provide helpful examples in the M&E context of the DCAP project.

  • Handbook of Social Impact Assessment and Management

    This carefully conceived Handbook presents a state-of-the-art discussion of the field of social impact assessment (SIA), highlighting contemporary understandings and emerging issues in this continually evolving area of research and practice. Experienced SIA practitioners from around the world share their learnings and advice on a comprehensive range of issues faced in social performance practice.

    You can download the handbook here.

  • 2023 CSIRO collaboration award win

    We were really pleased to see the Climate Services for Agriculture program that we work on with CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and FarmLink receive the 2023 CSIRO Collaboration Medal. Over the last few years, the collaboration and teamwork between the different organisations has been one of the program’s key success factors. It’s a really good demonstration of the importance and benefits of fostering a positive project team culture, regardless of where people may be based. And just so you can see what it looks like, we’ve included a photo of Jeff’s award.

Latest Post

  • Jeff’s 2023 December Update

    November this year was the Australasian Pacific Extension Network (APEN) conference held in Tasmania and organised by John James and a conference committee.  It was 30 years ago in 1993 that I was responsible for organising an international extension conference at the Gold Coast for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI).

    That ‘first’ conference resulted from a few of us in QDPI who had the opportunity to study extension at post-graduate level – at government expense – in other countries.  We wanted to share what we had learned and to reignite interest and skills in what extension could do differently. The logic was for us to learn what was working in other countries and bring back this knowledge to Queensland (this also happened in the more technical study areas).  It came at a time when government extension was going through a bit of a crisis and rethink – there was a focus on government dealing with market failure – not providing a ‘free advisory service to farmers’.  I was also involved in developing the extension strategy for QDPI which guided it during the 90s.

    Back to the Tasmanian conference.  There were well over 250 attendees – many early in their careers and many who were not involved in APEN or attended such a conference before. The other exciting aspect was the number of private and industry extension people there – extension is no longer a government dominated arena.  APEN came out of that first conference in 1993 and has been a force in developing extension practice and support now for 30 years.  It was a very well run and energetic event with very high ratings from participant when they responded to the value of the conference for them.  This energy and interest generated now needs to be supported and built upon.

    While extension’s eulogy was being read 30 years ago the conference success underpinned the current vital importance of people in the equation when it comes to supporting learning and implementing change in the face of increasingly complex situations facing the agricultural sector in Australia and beyond.  A project that overlapped with the conference – we held a workshop around this at the conference – is developing an extension skills matrix, designed for the breadth of extension work and in looking ahead to the challenges facing those involved in agriculture.  In a brainstorming session looking ahead to new skills needed for extension, among many others, participants raised the need for: Virtual reality skills and use of equipment; and Embracing AI and other innovations and bringing others along (i.e. not left behind).  Such technology is not seen as a replacement for extension – but in strengthening what extension can do to support those in agriculture. 

    I doubt if I will be around to see what is happening in extension in 30 years’ time – but I am confident that the need will still be there and the flame will be carried forward by the younger cohort of extension professionals.