The purpose of this review was to benchmark the NCDEA against program objectives, to determine its contribution to industry education and training and identify where there was scope to refine the approach to maximise the benefits to the dairy industry. The National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) is the Australian dairy industry’s provider of education and training. The Centre includes a partnership alliance of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across Australia, supported by Dairy Australia and delivering training and skills recognition for pre-farm gate dairy workers and the manufacturing sector. Education and training delivered by the NCDEA aims to respond to industry and student learning needs to bring dairy education and training under one umbrella.
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
Independent Program Reviews (16 projects)
This mid-term review is being undertaken for the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) and Horticulture Australia Ltd to assess how well the current arrangements, structures and activities are meeting the needs of the Nursery Industry in the different states. Industry Development Offices are appointed by state bodies to assist the process of nursery accreditation and extension of research and development outcomes relevant to the nurseries.
This project focused on capturing the impact of the major programs of Condamine Alliance – an NRM Body based in Toowoomba and covering the Condamine Catchment – over the last three years. It involved workshops with project teams, secondary data analysis, GIS mapping of project work and recorded impacts and interviews with stakeholders. The evaluation was undertaken with Dr Gus Hamilton of Gus Hamilton Consulting.
This review sought feedback from staff and stakeholders on the further regionalisation of activities and management within a training organisation for Registrars working towards their GP registration. It used workshop feedback, web and telephone interviews.
Jeff Coutts chaired a review panel comprised of John Greer (Dairy NZ), Jane Weatherly (MLA) and assisted by Neil Webster (DA) to review this large program which sought to develop the capacity of dairy farmers and their consultants to find, develop and manage staff within their industry. This involved web and phone surveys, a literature review (undertaken by Roberts Evaluation), interviews and workshops. The report findings will hopefully further assist this important program into the future.
The purpose of this project was to monitor and evaluate the adoption component of the Cane Productivity Initiative (CPI)/PROSPER in terms of whether it is on track to achieve the productivity targets of the initiative. It also highlighted issues and opportunities to further improve the program.
This project began May 2003 and was run for one year.