Evaluation and reporting
Reporting is an important tool to ensure accountability for the investment of government funds into waterway management activities. Over the long-term, consistent and effective reporting can also provide evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of the Victorian Waterway Management Program. Several types of reporting are required to meet these different needs. Melbourne Water have different reporting and evaluation requirements than the other waterway managers, that reflect their separate accountability to the Essential Services Commission.
Delivery and achievements of these regional waterway management programs are reported through a variety of documents, including:
- annual management reporting by CMAs to DEPI
- annual output reporting in State Budget Papers
- CMA Annual Reports and Corporate Plans
Data from the annual management reporting processes is used to publicly communicate progress against statewide targets for improving waterway health. This progress is described through the 'Report Card' series, with previous reports released in 2005 and 2010.
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder is also required to report on when, where, how and why environmental water is used. Information about the use, management and outcomes of environmental watering is outlined in the annual environmental watering booklet.
For copies of these reports go to www.vewh.vic.gov.au
Periodic assessment of management activities, regional programs and statewide policy is required to determine their effectiveness, and of the Victorian Waterway Management Program as a whole. Assessment is undertaken in accordance with predetermined key evaluation questions and the information used to adapt management if required and achieve continuous improvement.