Design and Evaluation Support Services (DESS) for the DFAT Indonesian aid program – 2014-2016. In 2014-15 The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invested $627.7 million dollars in the Indonesian aid program. Each year it produces a public document – the Indonesia Aid Program Performance report. All of the investments need to be quality assured, with the highest standards of design, monitoring and evaluation. However, designing and evaluating complex aid prog...
This paper, co-authored by Dr Jess Dart, discusses the evaluation of the national Lifetimewool project. The objective of this project was to develop practical grazing management guidelines that would enable wool growers throughout Australia to increase lifetime production of wool per hectare from ewes. The paper focuses specifically on the evaluation work that was conducted on the project between 2003 and 2008. The Lifetimewool project used ‘people-centred evaluation’ to help guide the creati...
This paper outlines the emerging ‘People-Centred Evaluation’ (PCE) approach that guides the development of practical internal monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) frameworks for projects and programs. This approach to developing MEL frameworks is conducted in a participatory manner,  and centres around the notion of creating a shared understanding of who the program can realistically influence, and what outcomes – or practice changes – are expected from these people. PCE is both a peopl...
Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR) is a participatory approach to impact evaluation . It centres on a performance story that presents evidence of how a program has contributed to outcomes and impacts. This performance story is then reviewed by both technical experts and program stakeholders, which may include community members. Developed by Jess Dart of Clear Horizon, COR combines contribution analysis and Multiple Lines and Levels of Evidence (MLLE), mapping existing and additional data...
Vicki, one of our Senior Consultants in WA, gives us a taster of her AES presentation.   The 2016 Australasian Evaluation Society (AES to his or her friends) conference is only 2 weeks away and I’m up to version 4 of my presentation. I expect there’ll be another 4 revisions before I’m comfortable enough to unleash it on an unsuspecting public. The evaluation I’ll be talking about was of a government funded program to improve the environmental, economic and social prospects for troubled regio...
Two weeks to go before the 2016 AES Conference starts!  Have a look at Carina Calzoni's thoughts, Clear Horizon's director in WA and Conference Co-Convener. The 2016 AES Conference is getting very close now and we in the Organising Committee are doing our final preparations for what will be a fabulous conference. Not only do we have spectacular landscapes in WA to attract delegates from far and wide, we have a really exciting conference program in place. The committee has worked hard to buil...
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...