The Scottish Government has published ‘Farm Advisory Service: enhanced monitoring and evaluation’ a report by Winning Moves exploring the quality, focus and effectiveness of the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) in Scotland.
The FAS provides farms and crofters across Scotland with information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of the businesses. It has four components: Integrated Land Management Plan, Specialist Advice, Carbon Audits and Mentoring for New Entrants.
For this study, Winning Moves secured a sample of 116 beneficiaries via a telephone survey, thereby achieving a good response rate of 39% of the total population. The report provided an understanding of the extent to which actions recommended as part of the one-to-one advice had been taken, the outcomes of the support, satisfaction with the support and any gaps in support or improvement suggestions.
The report below details all the research findings. Anna Murray at the Scottish Government said of the project, “We were pleased that the report provided us with a good understanding of the outcomes of the service to date. The report also helpfully provides some suggestions about possible areas of improvement that the Government can consider in terms of the scope, form and delivery of advice in the future.”