NSW Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program
The Forest Monitoring and Improvement Program has a dedicated webpage where detailed information is available about this Prgram, including:
- What is the Commission doing?
- Program scope
- Program deliverables
- Consultation and engagement
- How can you stay informed?
Local Land Services asked the Commission to help develop a way forward for performance evaluation and reporting that can best support its service delivery model.
The Commission co-designed a performance and improvement framework with Local Land Services to align with their State strategic plan and the Performance Standard for Local Land Services. The framework can help Local Land Services measure, demonstrate and improve their performance.
The Commission also developed a performance and improvement implementation plan that details the systems and processes that are required to support implementation of the framework.
The Commission reviewed the state-wide monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) arrangements in NSW, and made recommendations to better focus the available resources and improve the value of MER for decision makers.
The NSW Natural Resource Management Senior Officers Group asked the Commission to review the datasets and indicators under the state’s resource condition MER program, and provide advice on how these could be prioritised. We provided our final report in December 2012.
Our review found that the NSW Natural Resources MER Strategy 2010-15, adopted in 2010, has been a significant development in the state’s MER arrangements. Aspects of strategy are comparable to leading national and international initiatives. The MER strategy has also delivered 13 State of the Catchment reports providing benchmarks against each of the 13 state-wide targets and supported by technical reports.
We recommended a number of specific initiatives and steps to further improve MER programs in NSW, including:
- focusing monitoring and analysis on critical knowledge needs
- collaborating across different scales
- delivering timely and relevant information.
As part of our review, we commissioned consultants to provide advice on a range of matters. The reports are available below.
Essential datasets and implications for funding MER (Alloporus Environmental,
Socio-economic tools and frameworks for decision-making (Coakes Consulting,
Evaluation of MER initiatives against the MER Strategy (University of New England,
Review of NSW resource condition MER (Hyder Consulting, November 2011)