Australian Rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) invest significant funding, singularly or jointly, in building leadership skills and research capacity for industry.
Capacity building for the RDCs is mostly concerned with addressing constraints that may be limiting the performance of their other investment, currently or in the future. Constraints may be associated with such issues as leadership resources, shortages of research and other skills, poor knowledge management and poor understanding and communication between groups.
This report presents a reference framework for consideration when an RDC contemplates evaluating one or more of their investments in capacity building activities such as leadership, training, awards and scholarships. The report identifies activities and methods that may be undertaken to qualitatively and/or quantitatively evaluate investments that have been made, or are being contemplated to be made, in a range of capacity building activities.