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.
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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Coutts J&R is providing the on-going M&E support for the R&D for Profit Plant Pest Surveillance Project (iMapPESTS). This project is contracted to develop a mobile cross‐industry plant pest surveillance network, which will provide actionable information to primary producers and government on established, trade sensitive or exotic pests. It is intended to underpin existing surveillance initiatives and provide a foundation for a nation‐wide surveillance network. The evaluation included the development of an M&E framework for the project, providing an on-going YourData M&E Platform, stakeholder interviews and regular reporting against the log frame.
The Enhanced extension coordination in GBR project aims to help address the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce recommendation that the Queensland Government invest in more targeted and coordinated extension to support large scale land management practice change that will result in improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The project also contributes to the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan around coordinating and prioritising investment and on-ground delivery. Coutts J&R assisted in finalising a Monitoring and Evaluation Logframe to guide the implementation and evaluation of the coordination project, undertook a cross-reef region coordination benchmark (surveys and secondary data) – to be repeated after 3 years) – and by providing a YourData Platform to capture M&E data.
Coutts J&R developed the overarching M&E Framework for the Reef water Quality projects being undertaken for the Queensland Government by DAF. This has included assisting with finalising the individual project log frames, Key Evaluation Questions and Monitoring Action Plans and developing and providing a YourData data collection platform to collect data for collation and reporting across the projects.
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.
DAF has successfully secured external funding from Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) to conduct follow-on extension activities under phase 4 of the Leading Sheep program – project ‘Leading Sheep 2018-21’. Coutts J&R have been contracted to: review and update evaluation templates with input from Leading Sheep team; develop the Leading Sheep evaluation plan 2018-2021 with input from Leading Sheep team; and provide advice on how to best meet contracted project targets.
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.
Coutts J&R were approached by the CRDC Smarter Irrigation 2 project to develop an online database to assist the capture and collation of key M&E data. A beta version of the database has been developed which allows project staff to consistently and centrally collect data and includes a custom-built event calendar to assist planning across sub-projects. Coutts J&R will continue to provide technical support and assistance over the life and project.
The manager of DAF Reef Extension Training Development program required a database to administrate and track student enrolments. Coutts J&R designed, developed, and launched the database in 2019 and continue to maintain, update and provide technical support.