M&E of New Opportunities for Tropical Agriculture (NOTPA) in WA
In association with Gordon Stone under the QualDATA banner, Jeff Coutts was involved with the monitoring and evaluation processes for the New Opportunities for Tropical Agriculture project (NOTPA) for the Department of Agriculture and Food in Western Australia. This project investigated the potential to develop new agricultural businesses in the State’s pastoral regions.
Chris Ham, the project manager, noted that “There is also interest in new and innovative production techniques, developing the use of native plants and accessing assistance to plan, prepare and manage legal and administrative process in setting up an agricultural business”.
Coutts J&R and QualDATA developed a M&E process which includes the use of ‘pro-forma’s to systematically collect data as events happen.
Land Wool & Water Sub-program and project evaluation
Land Wool & Water is a major environmental program funded by Australia Wool Innovation (AWI) and Land & Water Australia (AWI) which is nearing the end of its first phase. Jeff has worked alongside subprogram managers and some project managers in planning evaluation activities and in pulling together evaluation findings to meet the program reporting needs. The program has achieved a lot over this initial period.
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.