This project uses the Coutts J&R YourData M&E platform to capture higher level project reporting across projects falling within the Queensland Government’s DAF Beef & Sheep program. It allows for consistent metrics and reporting to monitor and report on projects against Strategic Objectives.
Jeff and his team at Coutts J&R has provided leadership in the development of intervention and evaluation approaches across Australia and beyond in rural and regional development, Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) and education. The projects listed in this section are examples of those undertaken in recent years – ranging from individual project evaluations to working with national funding bodies to developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to guide investments and reporting.Read More
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The CottonInfo Team provides development, technical, extension and Best Management Practice support to the cotton Industry. They are employed through different institutions and work across different regions with different focus areas. The YourDATA M&E platform is being developed to assist in supporting the capture, analysis and reporting information needs for the team and assist in continuous improvement to their work in supporting the needs of the cotton industry.
This a three year Project with the Consorico Lechero designed to strengthen extension and advisory skills in consultants contracted by Government to work with smallholders in Chile. The project includes an annual workshop with follow up support via an on-line site and webinars.
Coutts J&R provides the M&E Support – including the use of its YourData M&E platform – for the DCAP program. The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) is an initiative to improve drought preparedness and resilience for Queensland producers. The program aims to do this by delivering a range of research, development and extension projects, improve seasonal forecasting and provide tools and systems that will support producers in their decision-making. DCAP consists of a number of projects that are managed and funded through a series of partnerships with government and industry partners. The largest partnership is the establishment of the Queensland Drought Mitigation Centre (QDMC) with the University of Southern Queensland and the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation.
Our role is assisting in the Monitoring and Evaluation of this research programme designed to demonstrate how decision making around complex environmental problems may only be enhanced and accelerated through a transformational approach to inter-agency partnership, a systemic understanding of roles and functions and an innovative approach to the co-development of solutions with end-users. It is based around catchment management in New Zealand.
Horticulture Innovation Australia has funded these regional capacity building projects to facilitate innovation and adoption in the vegetable industry across Australia. Coutts J&R have the role of supporting the development of M&E plans and their implementation as well as undertaking a mid-term evaluation of the projects.
This ongoing project uses a custom YourDATA M&E database to collect, collate and report on key monitoring and evaluation data for the DAF Grazing BMP team. Over the years the database has been extensively modified and updated to reflect the project’s changing needs and data capture requirements. It continues to be a key tool used by the Grazing BMP team to effectively capture and report on the project’s activities and impacts.
CRDC’s More Profit from Nitrogen program uses a custom YourDATA M&E database to capture key monitoring and evaluation data across multiple projects. The type of data being collected included Extension Activities, Media & Communication outputs, Project Material, and Collaborative activities. A number of tweaks and updates have been made to improve the database and streamline data entry and exporting.
Coutts J&R are undertaking the qualitative component of the mid-term evaluation for the MPfN project. The ‘More Profit from Nitrogen (MPfN): enhancing the nitrogen use efficiency of intensive cropping and pasture systems – is a four-year partnership between Australia’s four major intensive users of nitrogenous fertilisers: cotton, dairy, sugar and horticulture. The mid-term evaluation focuses on how well it is meeting the program objectives and for efficiency and effectiveness of activity implementation. This includes interviewing key stakeholders that meet the criteria of having a good awareness of the relevant projects and its activities and can provide broader insights into their relevance and effectiveness.
Sugarcane Extension Support is an extension and education program run by DAF Queensland in the reef catchments of Queensland. Extension approaches are being used across agricultural industries to facilitate changes in land management to improve water quality. The aim is to improve the great Barrier Reef water environment. In this project a Monitoring and evaluation plan was developed and data collection methods designed to maximise capturing of impact as it happens. A centralised web-based data collection system (YourDATA) is helping a diverse project to keep M&E data consistent and in one place.