Impact Assessment
& Performance

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Innovation, performance and improvement of Australia’s rural industries is largely driven by investment in research, development, technology transfer and adoption.

In 2014-15, the 15 Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) invested around $580 million per year in RD&E to improve the profitability and sustainability of rural industries and communities. The funding is a combination of levies on production paid by producers, and contributions from government, paid by taxpayers.

As managers and stewards of this money on behalf of the government and industry, it is imperative that the RDCs are fully accountable and transparent for expenditures, and able to demonstrate the impact and performance of the work they do.

Check out our case studies for more information about the work and impact of the RDCs. Or see our catalogue of performance and evaluation-related reports.

To assist this program all RDCs support and have implemented a set of guidelines for impact assessment (updated 2014). An analysis of evaluation and performance activities across the RDCs identified 288 documents and evaluation artefacts generated between 2009 and 2015. Work is underway to collate this material and make a directory of reports publicly available.

In 2016 the Council of Rural RDCs commissioned Agtrans Research and Consulting, AgEconPlus Consulting and EconSearch to review the completed evaluations and generate an aggregated analysis of the results. The report from this project is available now: 161021 CRRDC Cross-RDC Impact Assessment 2010-2015 [FINAL REPORT].

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The next analysis from the RDCs aggregating results across multiple impact assessments is scheduled for 2018.

RDC Impact Assessment Guidelines

This document comprises impact assessment Guidelines for R&D projects
undertaken by Australia‘s rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs).

Impact of Investment Report

Australian agriculture is innovative and consistently out-performs most other sectors of the Australian economy in total factor productivity growth, with domestic rural R&D a major driver of this

Research & Development Report

Australia’s productivity growth, which is driven by innovation from investment in research, development and extension, puts the nation in a pre-eminent position to meet the growing global demand for primary industry products