Jeff Coutts was subcontracted by Deloitte to provide independent capacity building expertise as part of a mid-term review they are undertaking of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) Dairy Value Chain Transformation Program. The program is an ambitious 7 year project which aims to boost gains in the dairy industry through targeted research, improved capacity building and improved supporting structures in the industry.
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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This project is part of a research project being undertaken by DAF in Queensland on behalf of the Poultry CRC. The purpose is to develop technologies which can improve the fertiliser value of spent poultry litters when used in agriculture through the addition of sorbers (clays) and other additives. Coutts J&R was subcontracted to engage with the poultry industry, manure handlers and fertiliser suppliers to explore the barriers to adoption of this technology.
Horticulture Innovation Australia (formerly Horticulture Australia Limited) receives levies from pineapple growers and then invests it in development projects. This project is based around an Industry Development Officer who is essentially and Information broker and event facilitator for the 80 growers in the industry. The review explored the value and impact of this approach to facilitating industry development.
This workshop was about developing a comprehensive log frame of a newly combined work unit and developing the associated performance measures and monitoring and evaluation framework for data collection and reporting. Jeff Coutts facilitated the workshop.
This survey for the Fitzroy Basin Authority is directed towards those growers participating in the Grains BMP program and those who aren’t. It seeks to determine what practice changes have been made in recent years which particularly benefit water quality and how Grains BMP and other initiatives have assisted this change – as well as barriers that might be preventing change.
The Sheep’s Back is an AWI Network Project managed by Icon Agriculture. This review focuses on the processes of the Evaluation Plan, progress to date and gaps identified of The Sheep’s Back (TSB) on the current third phase which began July 2014. It also looks at the data collected to date to see the progress and indicative impact of The Sheep’s Back Network’s activities on participants.
The Reef Plan 2013 Extension and Education Strategy (E&E Strategy) Update was the result of a review of the 2010 Reef Water Quality Protection Plan Extension and Education Strategy. This strategy update was an action under Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (Reef Plan) 2013 to take into account changes in the extension and education landscape, government policy and funding, advances in scientific consensus and industry initiatives. It was initiated by the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and undertaken under the guidance of the Management Practice Advisory Group (MPAG) in 2014.
This review of its regional service delivery needs and the associated roles of the Regional Development Programs (RDPs) in supporting these initiatives was commissioned by Dairy Australia (DA) in the light of changes that had occurred in recent years within the operational and funding environment. The aim of the review was to inform the improvement of a regional service model that met the needs of Dairy Australia, RDPs and dairy farmers across the eight dairy regions of Australia.
Sugar Research Australia is a relatively new entity resulting from a restructure of R&D structures within the sugar industry. It was established with a firm focus on research and development with a supporting role in extension – rather than a primary focus. As part of establishing the new organisation and to ensure it fully meets its contribution to sugar RD&E, a robust M&E framework is being developed to guide data collection and reporting needs.
The purpose of this desktop review was to evaluate the processes and impacts of SheepConnect Tasmania (SCT) over 2013 and as a result review its current evaluation plan, discuss any gaps and suggest improvements where needed. A joint venture between Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, (TIA) SheepConnect Tasmania is a communication and extension program aimed at increasing productivity confidence and resilience of Tasmanian wool-growing businesses, and enhancing the industry’s reputation of being profitable and sustainable. The program is part of a seven state based producer extension network supported by AWI. It is AWI’s key investment in extension for the Tasmanian sheep and wool industries.