Effectiveness Monitoring Coordination & Assessment

Project Description

This project is an effort to integrate and align existing and new regional effectiveness monitoring efforts, provide more scientifically robust data for use in management decisions, and improve cost efficiency in the implementation of monitoring programs. The focus of this effort is on coordinating approaches, monitoring design, and data management systems to allow alignment and reporting of results; informing a regional network of effectiveness monitoring coverage; and encouraging programmatic-level planning consistency across the region for Intensively Monitored Watersheds (IMW) and effectiveness monitoring projects and programs. The plan is to facilitate moving away from "1-at-a-time" project-by-project decision making and moving toward coordinated efforts.

In 2010, PNAMP hosted three work sessions to communicate where we are at with respect to effectiveness monitoring, map out where we need to go, and create a plan for how to get there. These workshops began with a broad assessment of current and emerging efforts, discussion of information quality and gaps, followed by more detailed work on protocols and metrics and coordination of data. The efforts assessed were, for the most part, located in the Columbia Basin. Highlights of our achievements include an inventory of existing effectiveness monitoring efforts and results of an analysis to determine gaps, development of assessment criteria to rate the quality of effectiveness monitoring projects, and a draft Effectiveness Monitoring Coordination Strategy document. Results of the information gathering effort were used by Bonneville Power Administration, the Washington Forum on Monitoring, and others in planning effectiveness monitoring activities.

Upcoming efforts for this project include finalizing the strategy for coordinating effectiveness monitoring; initiating data exchange template development for effectiveness monitoring data (this is an aspect of the Habitat Data Sharing project as well); updating the inventory and doing additional gap assessments. In addition, PNAMP would like to expand its efforts to different types of projects and information and include information pertinent to the needs of additional partners.

For more information about PNAMP activities on this topic, click on "Events", "Documents" and "Key Documents" in the bottom right corner of this page.

Project Team

This project is being conducted through in-kind contributions of the Effectiveness Monitoring Leadership Team. Participants in the Leadership Team include Bruce Crawford, Ken Dzinbal, Jim Geiselman, Tracy Hillman, Steve Leider, Nancy Leonard, Michael Newsom, and Jennifer O’Neal. The PNAMP Coordinator, Jen Bayer, is serving as the project manager.

Highlights

Bonneville Power Administration Rolls out a Programmatic Approach to Habitat Action Effectiveness Monitoring

January 7, 2014 - 1:18pm

PNAMP helped facilitate a successful workshop to roll out BPA’s programmatic approach to Habitat Action Effectiveness Monitoring. The workshop convened over 60 participants working in the field of habitat restoration. BPA presented an overview of the programmatic approach to Habitat Action Effectiveness monitoring including the rationale for this approach, protocols, implementation timelines and training opportunities. The following documents are posted on the PNAMP webpage.
• An agenda including the links to all presentations from November 7th workshop at: http://www.pnamp.org/document/4403
• Protocols are stored at monitoringmethods.org. Directions and links to the protocol are at: http://www.pnamp.org/document/4404
• For information about training review the presentation on training http://www.pnamp.org/document/4402 To sign up for training email Jennifer O’Neal at Jennifer.O'Neal@tetratech.com

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