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Program Planning in Action. Creating the Right Culture for Planning, Goal Setting, Evaluation and a Focus on Outcomes. EPA New England’s Context. History of Independence Close Relations with States Focus on Local Issues/Problem Solving Public Communication a Priority. 3 Illustrations.

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program planning in action

Program Planning in Action

Creating the Right Culture for Planning, Goal Setting, Evaluation and a Focus on Outcomes

epa new england s context
EPA New England’s Context
  • History of Independence
  • Close Relations with States
  • Focus on Local Issues/Problem Solving
  • Public Communication a Priority
3 illustrations
3 Illustrations
  • Clean Charles 2005
  • the Problem Solving Identification Team (PSIT)
  • Source Water Protection, Site Clean Up and Tanks
clean charles 2005
Clean Charles 2005
  • First big foray into goal setting
    • Launched in 95 “Swimmable and Fishable by 2005
  • Driven by RA
    • Desire to prove effectiveness of independent approach
  • Heavy Initial Resistance
    • Fear of not making goal
what happened
What Happened?
  • Fell just short of reaching goal
  • Leveraged Local Resources
  • Substantially Increased Capacity of Local Organizations to Maintain Water Quality Gains
  • Significant Quantifiable Improvements
  • Allows EPA to focus on Next Phase
psit how it began
PSIT-How it Began
  • Part of EPA NE’s Compliance and Assistance Office
  • Inspired by Malcolm Sparrow
    • “Pick Important Problems and Solve Them”
  • Desire to Prove Effectiveness of “Carrots and Sticks” approach
  • Simple Desire to make more Rational & Informed Decisions
what does psit do
What Does PSIT do?
  • Identifies Potential Priority Sectors
  • Identify Environmental Challenges for Candidate Sectors
  • Examine Potential for Effectiveness
  • Perform Basic Risk Analysis
  • Can Accommodate Political & Economic Factors
tanks and drinking water
Tanks and Drinking Water
  • Convened Under Annual Water Goal Team Meeting
  • Recognized that Tank and Site Clean-up Programs did not use SWPAs in setting Priorities
  • After-Sites in SWPAs got Higher Priority
  • Staff Independently Developed GIS system
challenges
Challenges
  • Layering-on
  • Analysis vs. Product
  • When Analysis is ineffective; Planning is the Culprit
  • When Analysis is Effective-its smart Program Management or Common Sense
  • “If we do our jobs well, no one will know.”
rays of hope
Rays of Hope
  • All levels of Government now under Pressure to Prove Effectiveness
  • Logic of the Model is very Appealing
  • Growing Realization that Problems need to be solved locally as well as nationally
  • Data and Analytical Tools are getting Better
  • Leadership Support