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SECTION 1: GROUP ORIENTATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING (PHASE 1)

This Section of the Report Covers:

    • 1.1

      Understanding Data Quality Choices, Characteristics and Limitations

      • 1.1.1

        What is Data, Anyway?

      • 1.1.2

        Data Quality Indicators and Quality of Data Collection and Analysis

    • 1.2

      Understanding Indicators

      • 1.2.1

        What is an environmental performance indicator?

      • 1.2.2

        How are indicators used to measure group environmental performance?

      • 1.2.3

        What kinds of indicators may we select?

      • 1.2.4

        What are some of the key choices and considerations?

      • 1.2.5

        Are there other issues to consider in using indicators?

    • 1.3

      Preliminary Discussion of Candidate Groups for Measurement

    • 1.4

      Further Training on Data Quality and Statistical Approaches

    • 1.5

      Observations and Lessons Learned from Phase 1

On June 23, 2006, the Project Management Team organized a project kick-off and training meeting involving approximately thirty stakeholders that included project states, staff from EPA New England, EPA OPEI and NEWMOA. The purpose of the meeting was to include a review of project goals and expected outcomes; discuss data quality choices, characteristics and limitations; understand indicators and a preliminary discussion of candidate groups for measurement. The meeting was opened by Ira Leighton, Deputy Regional Administrator, EPA New England, who expressed the importance of the project and EPA’s commitment to its success.

As part of the orientation, states were asked to consider the following:

  • What Would Success Look Like at the End of the Project and Into the Future?

  • What Fears and Potential Barriers Did They See to Achieving the “Future State”

Vision?

  • What Were The Potential Misconceptions?

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      The Project used ERP-type measurement, and was NOT developing a full ERP program for the selected industry group(s).

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        The Project used ERP-type measurement, and was NOT using other measurement approaches or creating a new measurement approach.

After identifying expected outcomes, potential barriers and misconceptions, states were ready to begin the evaluation of data choices. The following sections provide a summary of the information reviewed.

The States Common Measures Project Final Report

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