An independent evaluation has concluded that the Goyder Institute’s second term research program (2015-2020) was highly successful, delivering important research that influenced priority water policies and improved economic, environmental, cultural and social outcomes within South Australia.
In addition to Videos and Project Highlight Summaries produced for individual projects (links below), a summary of the overall success is presented in a recently released video:
The evaluation was conducted by Aither using well established evaluation techniques. Outcomes were evaluated against the goals and objectives of second term Strategic Research Plan and included interviews and surveys of project team members, end-users and stakeholders, and a review of project outputs. Aither found that:
Collaboration – a key to success
A key aspect of the success of the second-term was the innovative model that consistently delivered high-quality, collaborative research to address priority water management issues for South Australia and Australia. Importantly, collaboration occurred:
Cultural, economic, environmental and social impacts
Aither concluded that the research undertaken in the second term successfully delivered a range of important economic, environmental, cultural and social outcomes across the three priority Impact Areas:
Research excellence – critical for underpinning decisions
End-users identified that the quality of the research outputs was important for supporting decisions by providing an independent and robust knowledge base for evidence-based decision. The research excellence involved in the research program is reflected in:
Building on the success of the second term
The evaluation recommended that as the Goyder Institute evolves, it should retain the features that made the second term successful, including its collaborative approach, undertaking independent research and focus on research that can directly inform and drive decision-making and improve outcomes for end-users. Opportunities for improvement focused on project management, including that project funding, timelines, and the approach to project management could include more explicit consideration of collaboration needs.
The success of the second term research program provided the basis for the establishment of the third term of the Institute. This is allowing the important collaboration to continue to provide critical knowledge to support important cultural, economic and environmental values into the future. This will also allow the Institute to expand its collaborative model to have greater focus on collaboration with industries and communities.
For further information about the Goyder Institute’s second term research program or the Strategic Plan and activities for the third term (2020-2023), contact Dr Kane Aldridge, Director of the Goyder Institute for Water Research.