Coutts J&R

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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
Yorkshire MoorsIceland by horseDolmen at CarlowCanadian familyFlyfishing in the Miramichi
I am coming to an end to six months of working remotely!  This has been quite an experience and only made possible by the internet, skype, zoom and e-mail – and having excellent and accommodating clients.  Having had all our immediate family living away and wanting to travel and explore, we decided to go and spend some time with them and get out and about.  This meant England and Canada primarily – with some side trips to Ireland, Norway and Iceland.  We were able to welcome a new granddaughter (Myla – Amy’s second daughter) into the family in London, explore Dorchester-on-Thames with Ben and Evie and go searching for moose and bears with grandsons Beni and Alex in New Brunswick!

While in Ireland, I was invited to give a seminar on evaluation at Teagasc – the extension delivery organisation in the Republic of Ireland – at their head office in Carlow.  This was a great opportunity to share ideas and approaches on this topic.  It emphasised the need to be prepared to demonstrate value for money in investing in extension services.  Then, Ben and I attended the 12th European IFSA (farming Systems) conference at Harper Adams University in England.  Robyn and I had attended the last one in Berlin in 2014 and it was great to catch up with colleagues and friends and see what was happening in the ‘systems’ world.  The Primary Innovation Program – in which I am involved in the evaluation area – ran a successful workshop on “Using a co-innovation approach to improve innovation and learning”. I presented a paper on behalf of the other authors on the lessons learned about the “nine principles of co-innovation”  in the program.  There was a good range of papers well worth having a read.

Meanwhile, back in Australia two of the Research & Development for Profit Projects in which we are providing evaluation support are gaining momentum – as is the ‘Weaving the Korawai’ project in New Zealand which is addressing the roll out of a 100 year MOU to restore and develop a catchment in collaboration with the Maori Community.  On the other end, the Primary Innovation Project and the NCCARF project are on the homeward run.  At both ends, monitoring and evaluation planning and implementation are paramount.  By thinking through what is needed through the life of a project at the beginning, then life is much easier at its end to demonstrate its effectiveness and measure its impact!

I don’t get to relax for too long in one place when I get back to Australia – a week in New Zealand in October for work with the ‘Weaving’ project in New Zealand and then back to Chile in November for the second series of workshops directed at developing capacity in consultants working with smallholders – a great experience.  One upside will be having Ben and also Amy back in the same time zone –they are moving to Brisbane – at least for a while.

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News Updates

2016 Australasian Evaluation Society Conference
The 2016 international conference will be held in Perth on the 19th-21st September.  Its theme is “Landscapes”.  More information can be found on

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.  The exact dates and program are currently being finalised – watch this space! View the flyer

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.

European International Farming Systems (IFSA) Conference 2016
The 12th European IFSA Symposium took place at Harper Adams University, UK in July 2016. Papers can be found at

Sample Project

Land Wool & Water is a major environmental program funded by Australia Wool Innovation (AWI) and Land & Water Australia (AWI) which is nearing the end of its first phase. Jeff has worked alongside subprogram managers and some project managers in planning evaluation activities and in pulling together evaluation findings to meet the program reporting needs. The program has achieved a lot over this initial period.

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