A test of the value of our selected indicators is answering the question “If I inspected a facility and I determined it was in compliance with the indicators, I would feel confident that its overall environmental performance is high.”
Are there other issues to consider in using indicators?
Those practices (requirements) not covered by the indicators that are not measured.
Does using indicators mean that those practices (requirements) not covered are
unimportant and maybe should be eliminated?
What if the group has good performance as measured by the indicators, but the overall compliance rate is lower?
Indicators provide information that allows the agency to focus its limited resources on the problem areas identified by the indicators and to not worry or to limit resources expended on areas of good performance.
Group performance measurement using indicators allows the agency to report on the both the overall environmental performance level of the group and performance related to the individual indicators.
This session raised many important questions about indicators. The purpose of this exercise was to have states grapple with the types of indicators that could be selected. It was also agreed that final selection of indicators would not limit an individual state from measuring other activities beyond those indicators selected for the project.
1.3 PRELIMINARY DISCUSSION OF CANDIDATE GROUPS FOR MEASUREMENT
The last component of the kick-off meeting involved a preliminary discussion of candidate groups to measure. States were asked to identify a list of groups that they were currently working on. This list included at least two types of groups: those based on a particular environmental regulatory program such as hazardous waste generators and those based on an industry type such as autobody shops. Next, the Project Management Team asked states to identify other groups that they were interested in evaluating that were not reflected on the initial list. See Section 2 for the group preference list.
In order to select candidate groups for measurement, states needed to understand the characteristics and the implications of selecting a group.
The States Common Measures Project Final Report