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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project. EPA Innovations Conference Denver, Colorado January 2006 Thomas D. Getz -Presenter Kien Harris – IT Project Development Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management 235 Promenade Street Providence RI, 02908 Thomas.getz@dem.ri.gov

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rhode island dem s workplan reporting project
Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

EPA Innovations Conference

Denver, Colorado January 2006

Thomas D. Getz -Presenter

Kien Harris – IT Project Development

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

235 Promenade Street

Providence RI, 02908

Thomas.getz@dem.ri.gov

401-222-4700 X 2417

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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • In February 2005, DEM completed an evaluation to use Microsoft “Project” Software to develop a PPA tracking system.
  • In July 2005, RIDEM received a grant from the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) to develop an EPA / State reporting mechanism.
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • Description of Project
  • Goals of Project
  • Project Development Process
  • Work Elements
    • Main Page
    • Reports
    • Database
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Need for the project

  • RIDEM and EPA are partners in operating, assessing and enforcing environmental programs in Rhode Island.
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • There are many information needs that need to be communicated between the Agencies.
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • Information requests sometimes can be anticipated planned and agreed upon………or
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Information requests can come at times when they are not expected; and this can cause problems.

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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Ad hoc requests do not help morale or create a good working relationship with management who can then be unpleasantly perceived as……

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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • The RIDEM reporting project was designed to:
    • Minimize the number of “ad hoc” reports generated.
    • Incorporate reporting as a business practice and not as a task that needs to be completed “yesterday”.
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Description of Reporting Project

  • Provides reports that show progress toward RIDEM’s Performance Partnership Agreement Goals and Objectives
  • Provides a simple way for offices to update the status of work plan objectives and their associated projects/activities
  • Provides a centralized repository for work plan status information using a database that is searchable
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Goals of Project

  • Better Reporting
  • Better Vertical Definition of Tasks
  • Increased Accountability
  • Increased Management Flexibility
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Goals of Project

“Better Reporting”

  • Continuous update of information instead of ad hoc updates
  • A transparent process that shows project status
  • Reports that are available to managers and staff at all times
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Goals of Project

“Better Vertical Definition of Tasks”

  • The work plan is a “bottom up” process starting at the program level
  • One set of tasks and activities that are clearly understood at all levels of RIDEM
  • Tasks and activities include the EPA strategic goals
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Goals of Project

“Increased Accountability”

  • Tasks and activities were assigned at the program level, clarifies multi-office task assignments
  • All project / activities are assigned to individuals
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Goals of Project

“Increased Management Flexibility”

  • Assists in reprioritization of objectives
  • Allows a quick determination of when / where objectives are not being met
  • Allows managers to make changes to get projects on track
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Project Development Process

  • Project success needed user consensus
  • There has to be a value added component for the organizational unit
  • “Carrots are tastier than clubs”
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Project Development Process

  • Contacted all DEM management levels, IT staff
  • Contacted Region I EPA media and PPA staff
  • Determined report expectations
  • Project workplan developed from interviews
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

“Main Page “

  • Purpose of the main page is to collect status information on Projects/Activities
  • Most of the data input is based on pull-downs
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High Level Reports

Air Reports

OTCA Reports

Waste Reports

Water Reports

Workplan Reports (mouse over to see report titles, then click on the report)

Welcome to DEM's Workplan Application!

Instructions:

- To view one of DEM's workplan reports, please click on one of the links above.

- To update workplan status, login below (using your assigned workplan password):

First Name: Last Name: Password:

- If you are a project manager and would like to view your projects, please select your name from the list:

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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

“Reports “

  • Director Level
  • Bureau Level
  • Office / Program Level
  • EPA Regional Level
  • Administrative
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

  • Reports – Bureau Level
    • Status of individual projects / activities, i.e., on track, completed and behind schedule.
    • Combined status of projects / activities, i.e., % on track, % completed and % behind schedule.
    • Monthly performance indicators reporting
    • Summary of project / activity deliverables that will be due in the next quarter
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

  • Reports – Program /EPA Level
    • Status Update by:
      • Goal, Objective / Strategy or Activity
      • Indicated Deliverable/Deliverable Due Date
      • Records date of update and person who updated the database
      • Project/Activity Status (On-track/ Complete / Behind Schedule
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

  • Reports – Administrative Features
    • A missing data report that determines which activities / projects have not been updated
    • PPA Modification Report summary report that keeps track of changes.
    • An e-mail feature that would remind people that a reporting event needs to be updated
    • Database search capability
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

  • Database
    • The reports are based on information that is stored in a database
    • RIDEM is developing this project with internal staff
    • Development language is SQL
    • Utilizes a web form for data entry
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Work Elements

  • Database
    • The database is hosted in a SQL Server
    • Designed to associate RIDEM’s Goals with the Objectives, Strategies and Activities /Projects of individual offices.
    • Status reports will demonstrate progress towards Goals as well as towards Objectives.
    • Will have some limited search capability
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project
  • Where do we go from here?
  • Short-term
    • Staff Training
    • Beta Module Evaluation
  • Long-term
    • Prioritization of Projects / Activities
    • Possible tie-in with Performance Measures and / or Environmental Indicators
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Summary

  • The project has management buy-in
  • The project will streamline RIDEM’s reporting system
  • Managers will use information to “manage” programs instead of just reporting about them
  • Office managers saw the process as more efficient than the existing process
  • Better coordination of intra-office projects
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

Everyone is a winner in this project!

  • RIDEM- Increased public accountability
  • Management – A simple, but powerful management tool
  • Employees – Better understanding of how they fit into the PPA process
  • EPA – Better flow of PPA information
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Rhode Island DEM’s Workplan Reporting Project

EPA Innovations Conference

Denver, Colorado January 2006

Thomas D. Getz – Presenter

Kien Harris – IT Project Development

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

235 Promenade Street

Providence RI, 02908

Thomas.getz@dem.ri.gov

401-222-4700 X 2417