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Methods and Techniques

American Water Resources Association on Collaborative Modeling

Shared Vision Planning team members are co-editing a special issue of the Journal of American Water Resources Association on Collaborative Modelling. Watch for more information in 2013!

Collaborative Planning Toolkit

The Collaborative Planning Toolkit is intended to help Corps Districts and state and local government planners employ collaborative planning tools and techniques to solve water problems. The Toolkit is a web-based guide with extensive hyperlinks to other resources. The benefits will include collection, synthesis, and distribution of existing publications on collaborative planning for use by a broad range of practitioners.

Converging Waters: Integrating Collaborative Modeling with Participatory Processes to Make Water Resources Decisions

Converging Waters: Integrating Collaborative Modeling with Participatory Processes to Make Water Resources Decisions provides a touchstone in the development of collaborative modeling for decision support, an approach to decision-making where parties negotiate agreements by communicating through a mutually developed and accepted computer simulation model.
IWR Maass-White Book Series
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Lessons-Learned Framework

Although IWR has applied Shared Vision Planning in many case studies, and others have applied similar methodologies, there has been limited documentation to capture lessons learned. To facilitate more formal evaluation, IWR is developing a framework for documenting the lessons learned about how the collaborative nature of the modeling affected the overall results of the study. Initial applications are in the James River and Willamette River demonstrations, with additional applications planned for retrospective analysis and non-IWR-led cases.
Fact Sheet

Performance Measures to Assess the Benefits of Collaborative Modeling

The use of collaborative modeling to support water resources planning has grown in use over the last couple decades since the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) pioneered the Shared Vision Planning approach in the 1980s. Unfortunately, to date, practitioners who use SVP or related collaborative modeling approaches have not explicitly evaluated the benefits of engaging stakeholders early in the analytic process in contrast with limiting interaction of stakeholders in the technical side of the planning process. In order to support continued use of collaborative modeling efforts and to determine the appropriateness of various tools in water resources planning, there is a need to assess the benefits of collaborative modeling.
Fact Sheet

Proceedings from Computer-Aided Dispute Resolution Workshop 2009

The proceedings included: overview paper, panel discussion transcripts, case study papers and presentations, ideas from the "next steps" breakout groups, reaction papers from attendees and attendee bios. The format is an electronic pdf.
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