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Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Mid-Term Evaluation

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (VIC)

The Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability (VAS) Partnership was a commitment between the State Government and Victoria’s 79 councils to come together to work on climate adaptation and sustainability issues.

The purpose of the mid-term evaluation was to synthesise and analyse data against all the key evaluation questions (KEQs) and associated measures outlined in the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership Evaluation Plan 2013-2016. The evaluation involved scoping and collation of existing data against the evaluation framework, data collection and consultation including desktop review, interviews with DEPI and local government staff and the development of case studies, and analysis and reporting of the key findings and recommendations.

The outcomes of the mid-term evaluation were important to inform the subsequent delivery of the VAS Partnership to 2016 to ensure it achieves success.

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.

Shelley McGuinness

Shelley McGuinness

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Shelley has strongly developed strategic planning skills and an ability to develop and apply logical methodologies to complex problems resulting in workable, robust strategies and policy solutions. With over 25 years’ experience she has an in-depth understanding of rural communities, industries, environments and natural resources, their inter-relationships and inter-dependencies. Her skills and experience have been applied to rural and regional strategic land use planning, agricultural industry analysis, assessment of land capability and suitability, land use conflict and environmental planning.