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Regional Catchment Strategy 2013-2019

Evaluation, planning levels and decision-making cycles

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The Goulburn Broken CMA's three critical and connected levels of evaluation for strategic planning and implementation are:

(1) annual performance

(2) long-term strategy implementation progress

(3) catchment condition.

As shown in Table 15, each evaluation level requires different data (or evidence) because of the different questions asked.

Table 15: Three levels of evaluation

Evaluation level

Evaluation terminology

Typical key evaluation questions used to focus evaluation

Examples of data (or evidence) to inform evaluation


Annual performance

How did we go this year against what we said we would do?

Outputs (on ground works and capacity building actions or tasks) achieved and funds spent against targets set in the Corporate Plan


Long-term strategy implementation progress

How have we gone against what we said we would do when we wrote the (various) strategies?

How effective were the implemented measures?

Outputs and assumptions of their impact listed in strategies


Catchment condition change

What ‘shape’ is the issue we are managing in now?

Was the original strategy appropriate?

Have circumstances (such as new knowledge or different weather patterns) changed sufficiently to warrant a revised strategy?

Does the investment mix need to be modified?

Resource condition and trends

Tipping points

Indicators of resilience, adaptation and transformation responses

Further explanation of evaluation against these three levels is provided in Goulburn Broken CMA's Annual Report, Appendix 1: Understanding progress and ratings. Details of annual performance, long-term strategy implementation progress and Catchment condition change are also provided in the Annual Report. Chapter 1 of this RCS includes an abridged version of long-term progress.