In 2011 we evaluated the Health and Safety Representatives program within WorkCover NSW using a carefully structured mix of stakeholder feedback (combining interviews, surveys and focus groups).
List of current projects
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.
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).
In conjunction with Elton Consulting, we completed a cross border economic opportunities review for joint ACT, NSW Commonwealth agencies.
We completed detailed socio-economic profiles for the Namoi Catchment Management Authority covering the catchment as a whole and its three subregions. These included a wide range of mapped socio-economic data prepared by our mapping partner Bugseye. We continued working with the CMA on pioneering analysis which applied resilience principles to socio-economic systems, and developed a series of indicators of social and economic resilience.
We are currently updating our website to include summaries of recent projects. In the 2012-2013 year produced business Plans for renewable energy coordinators and multi-party Renewable Energy Roundtables for Southeast NSW, Hunter Valley, Central West and New England Northwest regions.