Client:  The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Fisheries Program

RDS is undertaking a retrospective evaluation of the scientific and social/community impact of ACIAR Fisheries Research Program since 2000, with a focus on:

  • Scientific impact
  • Capability development
  • Benefits to Australia
  • Community and social benefits, and
  • Lessons learned.

The overall aim of the project is to assess the outputs, benefits and impacts of the Fisheries Program, with the main objectives being to:

  • create a solid foundation to explore frameworks for maximising positive scientific and social impacts of future ACIAR Fisheries projects
  • create resources that will demonstrate the scientific and social implications of ACIAR Fisheries activities
  • provide evidence of deeper, more socially meaningful effects beyond the primary project outputs and beyond typical project timeframes
  • capture organisational intelligence on impacts while individuals involved in the ca. 150 projects started since 2000 are still able to be engaged
  • create a collective body of knowledge of lessons learned, and
  • provide a process of confirmation for all involved in past projects.

For more information contact:

Dr Kiros Hiruy at or +61 3 6231 9033