Salinity and Water Quality Education Scoping Study
This study explored the current situation in training for salinity and water quality in Australia and the role of the VET accreditation system in providing a suitable framework under which to develop appropriate courses.
It scoped out the most effective way to pull together existing training in salinity and water quality with the needs of communities and agencies, match them with the capacities of relevant providers and recommend how best to develop and deliver more comprehensive and integrated Units of Competency in these areas.
This study was conducted with Gordon Stone (Gordon Stone and Associates) and Mark Casey (Drawbridge People Learning Strategy) and concluded June 2003. It was agreed to by the National Heritage Trust Ministerial Board and funded by the National Component of the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT).
Review of Vegetable Industry Development Officers
Looking at how to improve the effectiveness and support for these positions across Australia – funded by Horticulture Australia Ltd. (HAL)
This review looked at the 6 Industry Development Officers (IDOs) funded by HAL in terms of their effectiveness and support structures. It involved groups interviews via phone and face to face of the state Management Committees, a workshop with the IDOs, a web based survey, and phone interviews with informed persons.
The review was completed in January 2003.
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Integrated Agricultural Training Project (IATP) – Papua New Guinea
Coutts J & R were contracted to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework and process for this significant farmer training project funded through the AusAID PNG incentive fund based in East New Britain at the University of Vudal in partnership with UniQuest.
An initial evaluation and review of the M & E process was completed in July 2003.
Final Evaluation of the Rural Water Use Efficiency Adoption Program
Assessing the impact of the 4 year, $23 million program – funded by DNRM.
The RWUEI was programmed to finish in its current form in June 2003. This final analysis looked at whether the program achieved its goals and targets and to glean what can be learnt from the project over its four years to inform future initiatives in this area.
The evaluation included a phone survey of approximately 10% of irrigators in Queensland.
The evaluation was completed August 2003.
Evaluation of MLA EDGEnetwork – Marketing A Pilot
This evaluation was to provide feedback on the pilot workshop in terms of its quality, adequacy and changes that would improve its content or delivery prior to its commercial release as a training activity. This workshop is one in a series of workshops being developed through MLA EDGEnetwork for meat producers. A key part of the development is for the workshop to be piloted with producers prior to general research.
The workshop was held at Longreach 3-5 June 2003.
Evaluation of the National Heritage Trust Regional Capacity Building Training Project
Looking at the effectiveness of leadership training – funded by the NHT.
This project was undertaken in 2002. It used facilitated workshops to evaluate the effectiveness of pilot capacity building training program with community facilitators funded by the National Heritage Trust. It looked at the type of delivery and the content as well as issues surrounding VET accreditation of the course.
Synergy Analysis of the Rural Water Use Efficiency Initiative (RWUEI) Adoption Program
Looking at the specific niche which the program was filling in relation to other initiatives and programs – funded by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Qld.
The RWUEI is a major government funded program across all irrigated industries within Queensland – sugar, cotton, irrigated grains, dairy, lucerne, fruit and vegetables. The project had a strong on-farm component where irrigators were assisted in benchmarking their current water efficiency and to make changes to improve it. A Research and Development program and a Financial Incentive Scheme was also part of the program.
The Synergy Analysis sought to tease out the way in which the program added value or complemented other support, legislation or incentives to improve water use efficiency on-farm.
The Synergy Analysis was completed in 2002. A report is available from the RWUEI office.