Preparation of evaluation strategies for three major programs for WorkCover NSW in 2012 – using the Program Logic Framework and based on stakeholder research and internal consultations and workshops to determine the nature of the program activities and efficient evaluation methodologies.
Evaluation of Beyond Billabong, a life and vocational training program for disadvantaged Indigenous youth across Queensland whose access to mainstream resources and opportunities is limited. As with AES, we conducted the economic outcomes and business model viability components of the evaluation, in a team led by Instinct and Reason Pty Ltd, in 2012.
Evaluation of the Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), a wholly Indigenous owned recruitment, group and registered training service which aims to facilitate Indigenous employment opportunities throughout Australia by building relationships with Corporate Australia. We conducted the economic outcomes and business model viability components of the evaluation, in a team led by Instinct and Reason Pty Ltd, in 2012.
In 2012 Kim and Amanda worked for the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development to review their business advisory services – Enterprise Centres Tasmania and Business Mentor Services Tasmania. We interviewed a wide range of stakeholders including providers, users and local government, to recommend some changes to the way the program was delivered.
In 2013 Kim and Amanda led an international team to prepare a feasibility study and business plan for a shared use food processing facility in northern Tasmania. We researched food production and processing activities in the region and interviewed and surveyed a wide range of operators (farmers, manufacturers and researchers) to understand market demand for pilot scale food production facilities in the region. We worked with Gael Deighton from the Foodbowl in New Zealand to determine a location and services design to deliver the right mix of services at 4 locations. The project was instigated by a joint group from the Uni of Tasmnia, CSIRO and the Department of Defence.
In 2012-13 Kim was an adviser to the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and member of a Steering Committee managing a review of the cost of regulation to NSW small and medium businesses, and collection of a series of case studies.
Small Business Futures: See what’s over the business horizon workshops for Mackay Chamber of Commerce (following popular workshops on the same theme in 2009 and 2011).