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
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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.
The purpose of this framework is to provide a clear and consistent basis for funded projects to be able to report on their activities and their impact – in a way that can be collated up for reporting against industry Strategic Priorities. By providing such guidelines for measurement and reporting, project teams can ensure that they capture the data they need and present it in a manner that meets the funding body’s needs. This will allow for a more quantitative and focused reporting on its achievements and impacts by Dairy Australia to its Board and stakeholders.
This project evaluated three of the major projects funded by Caring For our Country – Reef Rescue; Healthy Habitats; and the Bunya Mountains Murri Rangers. The purpose is to learn from the experiences to inform the next rounds of the same projects. The process used a very interactive approach with project teams and stakeholders to gain their insights into what worked well and why – and what could be improved into the future.
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.
A very interesting project has been to review project reports and evaluations undertaken on five producer network projects funded by Australian Wool Innovation over a 10 year period. The objective was to see whether change was building on past activities and how producer networks were adding value to other programs being undertaken – and how to add to their effectiveness and evaluation. This was a very useful and valuable exercise.