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Evaluation measures reviews for Royalties for Regions Business Cases

Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia

RMCG was engaged by DAFWA to review planned monitoring and evaluation measures in five out of ten business cases being submitted under the Royalties for Regions – Growing Agriculture program. The program is part of a $297.5 million package (2013-24 to 2016-17) that aims to capture opportunities that exist for WA agriculture.

For each of these projects, RMCG completed evaluations of proposed outcomes, outputs and activities and measures and achievement targets for the project and prepared a report addressing key evaluation questions on measuring success and improvements to program monitoring and evaluation design. This included recommendations around the use and development of core program logic.

The reviews achieved greater understanding of the strengths and opportunities for improvement of the core program logic and effective monitoring and evaluation measures.

Team

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec has skills and knowledge in the socio-environmental aspects of natural resource management, integrated water management, agriculture and regional development. She has been involved in a variety of projects with a focus on program evaluation, strategic planning and social research, primarily for government agencies. Her recent work has focussed on catchment and river health management, bushfire management planning, composts in agriculture and social research on drivers and barriers to landholder participation and compliance.

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Consultant

M.Env., B.Sci. (Marine Biology)

Steph has ten years’ experience working in environmental management. Key areas of knowledge include general ecology and environmental policy. She has specific skills in GIS analysis, project management and stakeholder consultation. Steph’s work has focused on the delivery of balanced, practical and effective environmental interventions.