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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………………5 Executive Summary ……………………………………………………………………..6

Introduction……………………………………………………………… …………….12

    • 0.1

      Project Goals……………………………………………………………………..12

    • 0.2

      Funding and Support……………………………………………………………..13

    • 0.3

      Project Phases……………………………………………………………………13

    • 0.4

      Project Organization……………………………………………………………..14

    • 0.41

      Project Management Team’s Responsibilities…………………………...14

    • 0.42

      Quality Assurance Officer’s Responsibilities……………………………14

    • 0.43

      NEWMOA’s Responsibilities……………………………………………14

    • 0.44

      EPA’s Responsibilities…………………………………………………..15

    • 0.45

      Involvement Level of Project States……………………………………..15

    • 0.46

      Contractor Support……………………………………………………….16

    • 0.5

      Industry Groups Selected………………………………………………………...17

    • 0.6

      Quality Assurance Measures……………………………………………………..17

    • 0.7

      Reporting Requirements…………………………………………………………17

    • 0.8

      Organization of Final Report.……………………………………………………18

Section 1: Group Orientation and Capacity Building (Phase 1)…………………….19

    • 1.1

      Understanding Data Quality Choices, Characteristics and Limitations………….20

      • 1.1.1

        What IS Data, Anyway..............................................................................20

      • 1.1.2

        Data Quality Indicators and Quality of Data Collection and

Analysis………………………………………………………………......22

    • 1.2

      Understanding Indicators………………………………………………….……..25

      • 1.2.1

        What is an environmental performance indicator……………..................25

      • 1.2.2

        How are indicators used to measure group environmental performance…...........25

      • 1.2.3

        What kinds of indicators may we select....................................................25

      • 1.2.4

        What are some of the key choices and considerations...............................25

      • 1.2.5

        Are there other issues to consider in using indicators................................26

    • 1.3

      Preliminary Discussion of Candidate Groups for Measurement………………...26

    • 1.4

      Further Training on Data Quality and Statistical Approaches…………………...29

    • 1.5

      Observations and Lessons Learned from Phase 1………………………………..29

Section 2: Making Decisions on Groups and Indicators (Phase 2)……….. ………...31

    • 2.1

      Selecting the Group or Groups to Measure………………………………………31

      • 2.1.1

        Summer Work Assignment 1: Group Preference Checklist……………..31

    • 2.2

      Selecting the Indicators…………………………………………………. ………33

      • 2.2.1

        Summer Work Assignment 2: Group and Indicator Packet……………...33

      • 2.2.2

        Part A: The Group Evaluation Chart…………………………….33

      • 2.2.3

        Part B: The Indicator Evaluation Chart………………………….35

      • 2.2.4

        Additional Data Gathering from States…………………………………..37

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