Samantha Stone-Jovicich

Samantha Stone-Jovicich
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation | CSIRO · Division of Land and Water

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he potential for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) to enhance innovation and impact in agricultural research and development is receiving increasing attention. New Zealand’s AgResearch Limited and Australia’s CSIRO Agriculture and Food are working with their scientists to support the organisations to achieve greater innovation and impact by...
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The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of CSIRO’s strategic focal areas. In 2016, CSIRO appointed a GBR Coordinator. This report presents the findings of the first evaluation carried out of this coordination role. The main purpose of this evaluation is to support CSIRO deliver more impactful science in the GBR via an enhanced understanding of the prog...
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Full text available from http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/gbr/publications/reef-2050-plan-review-options-final-report
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Full text available from http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/gbr/publications/reef-2050-plan-review-options-final-report
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The global changes that we face are rapid, novel, interacting and cumulative – we are operating in uncharted territory and that means that there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions. There is an urgent need to understand, design and effectively implement interventions to guide social-ecological systems along sustainable paths into the future. The magni...
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In developing countries, change in environmental and socioeconomic systems is occurring at unprecedented rates, driven by rapid globalisation, technological advances, mod-ernisation and increasingly unpredictable economic and environmental shocks (Leach 2008). As a consequence, there are growing concerns that conventional international development...
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The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the feasibility and potential utility of decision-centric social-economic monitoring using data collected from Great Barrier Reef (Reef) region. The social and economic long term monitoring program (SELTMP) for the Reef is a novel attempt to monitor the social and economic dimensions of social-ecological chan...
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In this Practice Note I share our experience using an evaluation and monitoring approach called 'rubrics' to assess a complex and dynamic project's progress towards achieving its objectives. Rubrics are a method for aggregating qualitative performance data for reporting and learning purposes. In M&E toolkits and reports, rubrics looks very appealin...
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This Practice Note shares experiences of designing and implementing a monitoring, evaluation and learning system for a project that seeks to promote learning and capacity building in a multi-agency partnership. This was not a simple process of picking a ready-made tool off the shelf and applying it. Instead the experiences shared in this Practice N...
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RAPTA is a unique tool to help project designers and planners build the ideas of resilience, adaptation and transformation into their projects from the start, to ensure outcomes that are practicable, valuable and sustainable through time and change. This report offers practical advice to planners, project managers, policy makers, donors, farmers, r...
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Social scientists, and scholars in related interdisciplinary fields, have critiqued resilience thinking’s oversimplification of social dimensions of coupled social-ecological systems. Resilience scholars have countered with “where is the ecology” in social analyses? My aim is to contribute to current efforts to strengthen inter- and transdisciplina...
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The mass media has ensured that the challenging and complex phenomenon of climate change now has the household familiarity of a brand name. But what is it that is understood by climate change, and by whom? What frame of reference is drawn upon to communicate meaningfully about climate change? Do particular subgroups within our society hold differen...
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Understanding the potential implications of global and regional climate change is important for decision-makers and planners to make better decisions regarding infrastructure needs and future planning. This is particularly important in cities in developing regions, which often have a history of under-investment in infrastructure and services and ex...
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Athough the broad concept of mental models is gaining currency as a way to explore the link between how people think and interact with their world, this concept is limited by a theoretical and practical understanding of how it can be applied in the study of human-environment relationships. Tools and processes are needed to be able to elicit and ana...
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Technical assessments of vulnerability and/or risk are increasingly being undertaken to assess the impacts of climate change. Underlying this is the belief that they will bring clarity to questions regarding the scale of institutional investments required, plausible adaptation policies and measures, and the timing of their implementation. Despite t...
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This paper traces the perceived linkages between sources of water quality deterioration, impact on human wellbeing and the institutions responsible for dealing with the sources and impacts. The DPSIR (Driving forces-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) framework is used as a guide for data collection and to structure responses and the emerging themes. T...
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The content, structure, and distribution of mental models can be elicited and measured using a variety of methods. In this article we explore a method for eliciting mental models within the context of water use and management in South Africa. This method is consensus analysis, a technique developed in cognitive anthropology. We used it to analyze q...
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The Great Barrier Reef is an iconic ecosystem that faces multiple threats, including overharvesting, water quality decline and climate change. There is general recognition that these threats occur at multiple scales, and the reef ecosystem therefore requires management at multiple scales. This situation presents a highly complex challenge, as it in...
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"The Australian outback is a unique ecological and social landscape. The people who live here cope with harsh and variable environmental conditions, particularly in terms of rainfall and the availability of surface water. The human population density is very low and the dominant land use is grazing, while other land uses include agriculture, mining...
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"This occasional paper is based on the results of a three-year project examining the emergence of forest-based grassroots movements in Latin America. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Support to Grassroots Community Forestry Organizations in Central America and Brazil Project sought to understand how grassroots groups develop and influence conserv...
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"This paper describes the Grassroots Assistance Project's approach to research and strengthening of community analysis and management capacities. It summarizes context studies of four grassroots forest organization in Central America and Brazil, focusing on the conditions shaping their emergence, the roles of the state and external technical assist...

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This project will engage with stakeholders in the region to design and implement the initial stages of a long-term social and economic monitoring program. The program will provide information for coastal planners and managers about local and regional communities, traditional owners, marine tourism, commercial and recreational fishing, catchment industries, ports and shipping. The addition of a long-term social and economic monitoring program will augment existing long-term biophysical monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and increase the effectiveness of it s management .
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CSIRO and the Secretariat of Independent Science and Partnership and Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR have an on- going collaboration to explore the nature of agri-food system innovation, the role of research within this and the way different types of innovation processes lead to impact. The purpose of this initiative is to support a wider collaborative process that helps the development and application of explanatory principles, guidance, and tools to improve the impact effectiveness of investments in agri-food system innovation.