It has been 6 months since some of our consultants committed to diverse New Years Eval-utions . In this blog we check in with them to see how they are progressing. Jess Dart, Founding Director Jess’s Eval-ution: Trying different evaluation methods “I have been having some wins against my resolution. I encouraged two different clients to have a go at internal evaluation plus external verification. One is complete and can be found here , and the other is still in process. I have also been tryi...
Dart, J.J. (2000) Target 10 Evaluation stories, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Victorian State Government, Melbourne Between May 1998 and May 1999, the Target 10 dairy extension project implemented a novel approach to participatory monitoring and evaluation referred to as the ‘Story Approach’, which, as far as we know, had never been attempted in Australia before. The purpose was twofold: to collect data about the impact of the project as a whole and to promote organisation...
In Australia there is a big disparity between educational outcomes for Indigenous children compared to non-indigenous children, and in the last 8 years educational outcomes have been either stable or declining. This case study is about a participatory evaluation of the first phase of the Australian “Stronger Smarter Realities Program” (SSR) which ran from 2006 to the end of 2008. This project was about creating systematic and transferable change by arming Australian educators with the belief...
Australian Government, Clear Horizon, O’Connor NRM (2008), Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren and Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps Recovery Program Performance Story – MLRSEW and FPS RP The aim of the Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren and Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps Recovery Program is to improve the conservation status of the emu-wren and swamps. The activities of the program are directed towards reducing, mitigating and managing threats and risks to the survival of the species and ecological c...
In 2006, the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) secured the Victorian Government’s support to fund a behaviour change program that would test – by engaging a significant proportion of a township in household energy reduction – whether major savings could be achieved and measured at the regional level. The objective was to get 500 households to commit to a long-term process that required active participation and input to achieve a 15 to 30% reduction in energy consumption. Both part...
Victoria’s current Biodiversity Strategy was released in 1997. It was published in three volumes, each with a different purpose and target audience. Sustaining Our Living Wealth. Strategic framework outlining general principles against which priorities can be determined Our Living Wealth. Provides a description of Victoria’s biodiversity Directions In Management. Describes actions to be undertaken to achieve fully integrated biodiversity conservation throughout each bioregion in the State. I...
Between 2011 and 2013 the Australian Government established the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme (PSWPS). The PSWPS provided seasonal employment for workers from the Pacific and Timor-Leste in Australia. This evaluation was conducted from late 2012 until early 2013. The report focused on the development component of the initiative delivered by AusAID, which focused on increasing the benefits for participating individuals and assisting Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to improve their capa...
The Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) Initiative is a federal Government initiative that works within the broader Australian Landcare movement to provide support for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management at a national level by: Providing a mechanism for Landcare and natural resource management stakeholders to exchange information, share experiences and learn from each other. Encouraging partnerships and networks across Landcare and natural resource management stakeholders...
Lotterywest  has been a vital part of Western Australia’s community life since 1933, providing direct support to thousands of community organisations through grants, and to hospitals, cultural and sporting organisations through funds distributed by the State Government. In 2012, Lotterywest commenced the Social Value Analysis Project to better understand what people appreciated most about Lotterywest’s grant making and community development activities – as well as what we could do better. Us...
This  report  provides an example of an impact evaluation of a social enterprise (Pollinators Inc.) and its activities. The organisation contracted Clear Horizon to conduct an independent evaluation of its activities, events and services. The purpose of the evaluation was to understand: The effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of current activities, Areas for improving the organisation’s reach, relevance and impact, Ways of monitoring the organisation’s reach, relevance and impact o...