Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) is an important step in making sure that DEPI's work benefits communities and biodiversity.
MER allows land managers to quantify the efficiency and effectiveness of their management strategies. This allows DEPI to report on management outcomes to the government and community.
MER supports continuous improvement through evidence-based decision making. This is a key component of a more strategic and outcomes-focused approach to bushfire management.
DEPI continues to work with Parks Victoria and research institutions (such as the Arthur Rylah Institute and universities) to review and monitor progress. This is being done through a state-wide fire monitoring program.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework
DEPI is preparing a framework to provide guidance on how to monitor, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the planned burn program. Effectiveness is measured against the primary objectives for bushfire management in the Code of practice for bushfire management on public land.
Learnings from evaluation will be used to improve how bushfire management is used to:
- reduce the impact of major bushfires and to maintain or improve ecological resilience
- refine and test management models used to support decision making, and
- improve bushfire management planning, strategies and actions.
Findings from monitoring and evaluation will be communicated through reports such as the annual Fuel management report, to inform government, partner agencies and the community about the outputs and outcomes of bushfire management.
Details of the performance of DEPI's fuel management program in 2012–13 are shown in the following report: