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PERFORMANCE RESEARCH

Measured performance of the Australian cotton industry and its RD&E drives continuous improvement.

The capacity of the industry to demonstrate its performance is critical to it being nationally and internationally recognised as competitive, productive and sustainable. This Plan comes at a time when there is increasing scrutiny on all agricultural sectors and RDCs for performance and impact to be evaluated and reported. While the cotton industry has established performance systems to respond to stakeholder needs, further effort is required. The Performance program focuses on Best Practice, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reviews as the key mechanisms through which industry and RD&E performance will be improved, captured and reported upon.

Theme 5.1 Best Practice

The success of the Australian cotton industry is in no small part due to the commitment of the industry to its science. Through the industry’s investment in and adoption of RD&E, it has been able to grow significantly and also deal with some of its biggest challenges. The profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of the industry are underpinned by its ability to continually adopt emerging science, adapt technologies and improve its practices. The Best Practices theme is recognition of this and looks to support those systems and initiatives which continue to drive adoption and improve industry performance.

Theme 5.2 Monitoring and Evaluation

The capacity to be able to rigorously capture, measure and report on performance is becoming more important. From an organisational perspective, stakeholders are interested in being able to quantify the impact of their investments and see clear change as a result. Similarly industry is also required to demonstrate its performance to government, community and customers. The focus of the Monitoring and Evaluation theme is to ensure that at both an organisational and industry level there is the capacity and systems in place to actively capture, monitor and report performance.

Theme 5.3 Reviews

Like the industry’s cotton farmers who are continually looking to improve their farming practices, CRDC and the industry are also looking to improve their performance. Central to this improvement is the opportunity to review, reflect and adapt. Through this process there is the opportunity to bring in alternative view points and perspectives, gain a broader understanding of different approaches which are equally effective and learn. The Review theme looks to create opportunities for continuous improvement through reviews of industry and RD&E performance.

The Performance research program is managed by CRDC’s R&D Program Manager, Ian Taylor.

World’s best practice underpins the performance of the cotton industry.

The success of the Australian cotton industry is in no small part due to the commitment of the industry to its science. Through the industry’s investment in and adoption of RD&E, it has been able to grow significantly and also deal with some of its biggest challenges. The profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of the industry are underpinned by its ability to continually adopt emerging science, adapt technologies and improve its practices. The Best Practices theme is recognition of this and looks to support those systems and initiatives which continue

We will achieve this by:

  • Supporting a best practice framework as the primary integrated planning, risk management, benchmarking, knowledge development and delivery system.
  • Promoting best practices through the development and delivery Joint Venture.

Measures of success:

Industry is able to demonstrate best practice The cotton industry’s myBMP program is the primary resource for farmers accessing best practice knowledge and tools.

  • The cotton industry’s myBMP program is nationally recognised and integrated with other agricultural sector best management practice programs.
  • An 80 percent coverage of Best Management Practice systems across the Australian cotton industry.


The Best practice theme is managed by CRDC’s R&D Program Manager, Ian Taylor. For more information, contact us.

Industry and RD&E performance is captured.

The capacity to be able to rigorously capture, measure and  report on performance is becoming more important. From an organisational perspective, stakeholders are interested in being able to quantify the impact of their investments and see clear change as a result. Similarly industry is also required to demonstrate its performance to government, community and customers. The focus of the Monitoring and Evaluation theme is to ensure that at both an organisational and industry level there is the capacity and systems in place to actively capture, monitor and report performance.

We will achieve this by:

  • Developing and implementing an internal monitoring and evaluation framework for evaluating CRDC’s investment portfolio balance and it’s RD&E performance.
  • Conducting annual industry surveys to capture practice change.
  • Establishing a framework through which industry performance can be nationally and internationally reported.

Measures of Success:

  • A rigorous monitoring and evaluation platform which measures and reports on the performance of CRDC’s research and development investments.
  • An industry performance monitoring and evaluation framework that is consistent with national and international standards.
  • Providing the industry with cotton sustainability indicators and supporting its capacity to report against these indicators.


The Monitoring and evaluation theme is managed by CRDC’s R&D Program Manager, Ian Taylor. For more information, contact us.

Continuous improvement in industry and RD&E performance.

Like the industry’s cotton farmers who are continually looking to improve their farming practices, CRDC and the industry are also looking to improve their performance. Central to this improvement is the opportunity to review, reflect and adapt. Through this process there is the opportunity to bring in alternative view points and perspectives, gain a broader understanding of different approaches which are equally effective and learn. The Review theme looks to create opportunities for continuous improvement through reviews of industry and RD&E performance.

We will achieve this by:

  • Undertaking scientific discipline reviews of the industry’s RD&E.
  • Commissioning and participating in independent reviews of CRDC’s RD&E and organisational performance.
  • Commissioning independent reviews of the social, environmental and economic performance of the industry.
  • Participating in cross-sectoral RD&E impact evaluations and reviews.

Measures of success:

Industry and CRDC are able to continually review and improve performance

  • Independent reviews of the social, environmental and economic performance of the industry’s performance.
  • Independent reviews of CRDC’s research and development performance.

The Reviews theme is managed by CRDC’s R&D Program Manager, Ian Taylor. For more information, contact us.