Bookings are being taken for a course that helps project teams to better
plan and evaluate their endeavours – and demonstrate their achievements
to funding bodies.
The Victorian Department of Primary Industries Project Evaluation Training
course is open to anyone involved in projects in any area, including grower
groups and agronomists, and runs for five and a half days, split across
two residential modules.
In the four years since it started, 330 people have taken the course
and most are using their new skills in their work, especially in project
planning, says Stephen Kelly, training manager of the DPI Evaluation Support
The course uses Bennett’s Hierarchy, a tool that is used for planning
both the projects and their evaluation.
“It’s a goal-based method. We help project teams to really
define their goals and the hierarchy sets out a logical approach to achieving
that goal and then gives you a framework to evaluate it against.”
If a project veers off track, the framework gets it back on course, he
“The courses are fairly universal but are designed for people to
bring their own projects along to work on,” he says. “If people
from a grower group come, they can bring along their project concept or
“At the end of training they come out with an evaluation plan all
set to go, worked out down to the methods they use to collect data, how
it would be reported and who to.”
The course helps project teams to clarify their objectives, demonstrate
their results to their funding bodies and communicate with steering committees,
Project Evaluation Training will be held at the Central Springs Inn in
Module 1 is offered on 23-25 March or 20-22 April and costs $979. Module
2 will run on 5-7 May or 1-3 June and costs $1210. The fee includes tuition,
meals, accommodation and GST.
Mr Kelly, with Viv McWaters from the training company Beyond The Edge,
will run the course.
For more information:
Stephen Kelly, 03 50514570, email@example.com