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The Anticipated Outcomes of the Project at Inception

Short-Term

  • Agreement on groups to be measured and performance indicators by which they will be measured.

  • Increased knowledge of measurement options, the role of data quality in measurement, data collection issues and results presentation. Intermediate-Term

  • Presentation of project states’ performance data for the selected group(s).

  • General comparison of performance levels of group(s) and differing state performance improvement strategies.

Long-Term

  • Increased acceptance by states and EPA of ERP-type measurement.

  • Common group performance data to support adoption of more effective and efficient

group performance improvement strategies.

0.2 FUNDING AND SUPPORT

The MassDEP, in partnership with the Northeast Waste Management Officials Association2 (NEWMOA), applied as the lead state agency for this multi-state project under the 2005-2006 EPA State Innovation Grant (SIG) program.

The SIG awarded by EPA was $255,000 over a 3 year period. In addition, MassDEP contributed $15,000 for upgrades to the ERP Performance Analyzer, an automated data analysis and presentation tool. The project was completed on budget and on time. See Section 3.4 for more information on the ERP Performance Analyzer.

0.3 OVERVIEW OF PROJECT PHASES

The project was implemented in 4 phases over a 3 year period:

  • Phase 1 included group orientation on project goals, exploration of choices for groups to measure, types of measures and data quality training.

  • Phase 2 involved making decisions on industry groups, developing common definitions and indicators, and reviewing data choices and implications.

2 NEWMOA is a non-profit, non-partisan interstate governmental association. Their membership is composed of state environmental agency directors of the pollution prevention, hazardous and solid waste, and waste site cleanup programs in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, and VT. NEWMOA’s mission is to develop and sustain an effective partnership of states to explore, develop, promote, and implement environmentally sound solutions for the reduction and management of materials and waste, and for the remediation of contaminated sites, in order to achieve a clean and healthy environment. For more information visit: www.newmoa.org

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