Evaluating Projects, Projects prior to 2012, Uncategorized

WorkCover NSW evaluation 2009

In 2009, we prepard a comprehensive evaluation framework for the WorkCover NSW Three Year Small Business Plan activities. This work involved close collaboration with WorkCover staff to determine the use of existing data, potential for better use of WorkCover data, and the requirements of evaluation of activities. The Action Plan drew on these discussions and literature review to set out a carefully structured approach to assessing the effectiveness of the 3 Year Small Business Plan, using a mix of information from existing sources, targeted surveys, interviews and case studies. The Action Plan commented on the strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation tools and presented an ‘analysis map’ to guide WorkCover staff in running program-specific and group-wide evaluation activities.

In 2009 we also undertook an evaluation of WorkCover’s Small Business Forums program – using interviews with a mix of stakeholders including participants, WorkCover staff and Forum facilitators. The evaluation was undertaken 12 months into the Forums program and assessed the extent to which the Forums were meeting their stated aims.

2012-13 Projects, Cultivating Entreprenuership, Evaluating Projects, Planning for Social Enterprises

Evaluation of the Aborignal Employment Straegy Service

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.

2012-13 Projects, Cultivating Entreprenuership, Evaluating Projects, Growing Regional Communities

Buisiness Advisory Review

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.

2012-13 Projects, Cultivating Entreprenuership, Growing Regional Communities

Tasmania food processing fesability study

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.