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...
Dart, J.J. (1999) A Story Approach for monitoring change in an agricultural extension project”, proceedings of the Association for Qualitative Research (AQR), International Conference, Melbourne, AQR In the field of program evaluation, recognition of problems associated with the use of quantitative performance indicators has set the stage for alternative or supplementary approaches. There have been strong murmurs of interest about the use of “performance stories” for monitoring social change...
Dart, J.J. (2000) Stories for Change: A new model of evaluation for agricultural extension projects in Australia, PhD, Institute of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne A model of evaluation was investigated and developed to help meet the evaluation needs of agricultural extension agencies in Australia. The model was based on Davies’ (1996) Most Significant Change (MSC) model; a participatory evaluation approach that involves the generation of stories and their interpretation by ...
Dart, J.J. and Davies R.J. (2003) A dialogical story-based evaluation tool: the most significant change technique, American Journal of Evaluation 24, 137-155. This article provides an introduction to MSC and discusses its potential to add to the basket of choices for evaluating programs in developed economies. We provide an Australian case study and outline some of the strengths and weaknesses of the technique. We conclude that MSC can make an important contribution to evaluation practice. I...
Dart, J.J. (2004) Six normative approaches to evaluation Evaluation is used in many program contexts, in many countries and across many different disciplines. It is also used for many different purposes, and the range of things that are included under the umbrella of program evaluation is considerable. Even within one project there may be several evaluation initiatives under way. For this reason, in ‘good’ evaluation the choice of evaluation approach needs to be contextspecific and take into...