This ongoing project uses a custom YourDATA M&E database to collect, collate and report on key monitoring and evaluation data for the DAF Beef Extension 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 Beef Extension team to effectively capture and report on the project’s activities and impacts.
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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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 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.
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.
Coutts J&R in association with the Rural Consulting Group and Neels Botha Consulting were contracted by Hort Innovation Australia to develop an Extension strategy for the Australian vegetable industry and an associated plan for implementation. This process included providing a clear definition of extension needs of the vegetable industry (drawn from industry consultation); strategic direction for Vegetable industry extension services beyond March 2020; and a plan for improving industry capability for innovation and adoption of R&D.
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.