This external review pertains to Communication and Research Adoption Program of MLA's Northern Beef Program. The review assesses the achievements and performance of the program over the years ended June 2007 to 2009. The review was undertaken to assist MLA with the future development and deployment of resources towards extension and communication activities that deliver benefits to northern beef producers.
The review found that the program had substantially achieved its goals and had met a large proportion of the performance criteria set for the three year period. Also, the investment in the program over the three years of $ 1.24 million (present value of costs in 2008/09 $ terms using a discount rate of 5%) was estimated to have produced a benefit cost ratio of 2.6 to 1 and a net present value at $ 2 million.
A set of recommendations for any future investment in the program is included in the review report including an evaluation framework for consideration in any future investment.