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.
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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.