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.
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 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 worked with Qld Farmers’ Federation (QFF) on its final reports for the GGBR project. This included an in-depth report for project stakeholders including Reef Alliance partners and the Federal Government as well as a brochure for more widespread use.
AgSkilled is a $14.7million NSW Government funded and industry led workforce development strategy, aiming to ensure NSW’s Cotton and Grains industries have a skilled workforce, capable of meeting the challenges of the future. Coutts J&R undertook a mid-term evaluation of the program that reported on its impact and outcomes to date. The evaluation approach consisted of a broad web survey of program participants, stakeholder interviews with key partner organisations/training providers, case studies highlighting specific positive outcomes/practice change, and analysis of any evaluation data already captured by the program.
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. A YourDATA M&E platform was developed and supported the capture, analysis and reporting information needs for the team and assisted in continuous improvement to their work in supporting the needs of the cotton industry.
Qld Farmers’ Federation (QFF) contracted Coutts J&R to undertake an independent evaluation of the Reef Alliance Project (RAP). The project is an initiative of the Reef Alliance to advance farming beyond industry best management practice (BMP) and fast-track the implementation of innovative practices – primarily through an extension-based approach, combined with access to specialised technical training, and in some cases, financial support for infrastructure, farm improvements or machinery where this is indispensable.
Coutts J&R worked with the WTSIP partners to consider the future role and appropriate structures and processes post their management of the Reef Alliance Program (RAP) in the Wet Tropics. This is also included reviewing extension roles and pathways.
The second survey report by Coutts J&R for Wine Australia gained responses from wine producers and grape growers about adoption of selected winemaking and viticultural practices. The first survey was undertaken between January and March 2018 and the second between August and September 2019. Coutts J&R also developed four two page case studies to demonstrate practice change being implemented on the ground.
The Australian Soil Network (ASN) is responsible for implementing the National Soil Research, Development and Extension Strategy – which includes developing and implementing a process for national coordination and prioritisation of investment in soil RD&E. Coutts J&R undertook a review that provided an assessment of the success of the implementation of The Strategy and made recommendations for its future. Evaluation activities for the report included interviews with Members of the ASN, interviews with nominated Stakeholders, and reviewing provided documents.
The Hort360 Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Best Management Practice (BMP) Program is funded by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES), Reef Water Quality Program, to assist horticulture growers within the Great Barrier Reef lagoon catchment improve management practices, uptake Hort360GBR BMP and enable growers to be “Reef” certified. Hort360 is developed, maintained and delivered by Growcom. The project commenced in August 2018 and is set for completion 30 June 2022. Coutts J&R were contracted to undertake the mid-term evaluation of the program which was structured around answering ten Key Evaluation Questions. Methods used included a grower survey, secondary data review, and interviews with Steering Committee members and informed persons.