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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Coutts J&R's Blog

Posted by Jeff Coutts
That was quite a Summer! The heat and then the cyclone. How much is global warming and how much is natural variation I have no idea – but the indication that extremes will increase going forward is certainly a concern.

The reef (Great Barrier Reef) of course is caught up in these extremes. I have just returned from a series of regional workshops with people involved in agriculture and natural resource management in the reef areas. We have been looking at how to strengthen the underlying extension and education system to best support producers as they seek to adapt to continuously improve the way in which they farm and manager their properties – with benefits to water quality and reef health. This also coincided with another major coral bleaching event that threatens general reef health and adds urgency to do all we can to provide an environment for protecting our world treasure.

The Summer also saw me in New Zealand on two occasions. One visit was associated with the Weaving the Korowai of Papatūānuku – Adaptive governance and supported environmental decision making project where we visited the community to better understand the challenges facing them. It was incredible to view a ‘glacier’ of what rock and clay moving down their river system and taking an entire mountainside with it over time. The downstream effects are the loss of land and livelihoods and a stress on an already disadvantaged community.
The other visit was for the on-going Primary Innovation Project – or Co-innovation Project’ as many know it. It is coming to the end of its five year exploration of a different model to fast track innovation and positive change across rural industries. It has been an exciting project with significant learning and it is hoped that a new project can build on this and demonstrate some real transformation of the way do business in research, development and extension.

The other significant occurrence in Coutts J&R is the return of Amy from maternity leave and from living in London. Amy (Samson) is already doing a great job pulling together the different project strings. We have also been fortunate to have had Evie Grove Smith adding her expertise to our projects over the last six months.

It’s good to see the demand for, and interest in, program evaluation – especially when it comes to planning ahead and embedding in long term projects. Hope you all enjoy the changing season!

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News Updates

aes17 International Evaluation Conference, 4-6 September 2017
aes17 is the annual International Evaluation Conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society – a member based organisation which exists to improve the theory, practice and use of evaluation in Australasia for people involved in evaluation including evaluation practitioners, managers, teachers and students of evaluation, and other interested individuals. More information on the conference can be fount on the official website.

2017 ESEE Conference
Take note of the next planned European Seminar for Extension and Education (ESEE) which will be held in July in 2017 at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece.  The last seminar in Wageningen, The Netherlands in 2015 was very well attended and a great forum to discuss and share current experiences and address common issues. More information on the conference can be found on the official website.

2017 APEN International Conference – 12-15 September 2017
And closer to home is the planned 2017 International Conference of the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network, to be held from the 12th to the 15th of September 2017 at the ‘The Ville’ Hotel in Townsville.  It will also be hosting a range of international delegates from the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), who will be participating in a 3 day pre-conference meeting at Ingham, in the Hinchinbrook region. The theme of the conference is ‘Facilitating balanced change for rural and urban communities’ and will showcase the local and international extension theory and practice around production agriculture, natural resource management, community development and the health sector.

There will also be a special half day workshop focusing on extension in ‘Reef Regions’ where will be looking at the good work that is being undertaken, challenges faced and ways forward. The results of the Reef Education and Extension Review Coutts J&R are undertaking will be presented and steps will be taken towards developing an effective Community of Practice to support those working in this area.

Sample Project

The purpose of this mid-term review was to determine the success of MG10016 so far and likely future success and to make recommendations for the remainder of the project. The Mango Industry Capacity Building Program (HAL Project MG10016) was described as delivering a multi-faceted industry program which aims to ensure outcomes that have been identified as essential to support the development of the Australian Mango Industry, are achieved during the term of the project. The methodology included a desktop review and interviews with informed persons, the Management Committee and the IDM.

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