The Merredin Managed Environmental Facility (MEF) is part of a number of MEFs funded by GRDC in partnership with other organisations. The Merredin Facility is located on a research station owned and operated by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. The facility seeks to explore genetic traits that can assist in breeding more drought resistant grain varieties. This evaluation comes at the end of the first establishment phase of the facility and focuses on the operational side of the facility to learn from the experience and prepare for the next phase.
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 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.
This evaluation was to assist with reporting on the current phase of the project and provide input into the application for the next phase The Sheep’s Back (TSB) is the Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) Western Australian extension programme managed by Icon Agriculture and is a stand-alone investment by AWI. The TSB was approaching the end of its third three year extension concluding June 2014 and it intended to apply for a further three year extension.
The purpose of this review was to learn from the experiences of the past funding rounds of the Terrain NRM Reef Rescue program to inform future programs. The Reef Rescue Project was a key element of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, by changing land management practices to reduce nutrient, pesticide and sediment run-off. The methodology used in this evaluation included a desktop review, workshops with Terrain Extension Officers and Stakeholders, Individual Telephone interviews with Terrain staff members as well as telephone interviews with landholders (funded and not-funded).
The purpose of the reviews of these projects funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments through Caring for our Country was to learn from the experiences of the current phases of the programs to inform future phases.
The Healthy Habitats project was an initiative of the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) to protect and enhance the region’s significant biodiversity assets. It was multifaceted and large in scope and scale. The methodology included a desktop review, interviews with informed persons and a team workshop debrief.
The Bunya Mountains Murri Rangers Program was designed to foster traditional Custodians working in partnerships to manage, maintain and protect the unique cultural, spiritual and natural values of Booburrgan Ngmmunge. The program funding and staffing was managed by BMRG with the Bunya People’s Aboriginal Corporation BPAC providing leadership and guidance. There were four Rangers and a Coordindator who provided the on-ground presence of the program. A part time project officer supported the program.
The Reef Rescue Project was a key element of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, by changing land management to reduce nutrient, pesticide and sediment run-off. Reef Rescue at a national level was a partnership between government, industry and Natural Resource Management organisations including the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG). In the Burnett Mary, Reef Rescue is managed by the Burnett Mary Reef Partnership. The methodology used in this evaluation included a desktop review and workshops with the delivery team, Working Group members and other stakeholders.
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.
The purpose of this mid-term review was to determine the success of MG10016 so far and likely future success and to make recommendations for the remainder of the project. The Mango Industry Capacity Building Program (HAL Project MG10016) was described as delivering a multi-faceted industry program which aims to ensure outcomes that have been identified as essential to support the development of the Australian Mango Industry, are achieved during the term of the project. The methodology included a desktop review and interviews with informed persons, the Management Committee and the IDM.