Institute for Water Resources


Shared Vision Planning

Step 3

Describe the Status Quo Using a Collaboratively Built Model

The status quo shows what the outcome will be without any change in management. This is an important baseline against which alternative outcomes are judged.

Critical Difference:  The description of the status quo is based on a collaboratively built model of the system and tied to objectives and decision criteria.


Example from the National Drought Study

The Drought Preparedness Method that evolved during the NDS included this important step to help motivate stakeholders to resolve a resource conflict. By showing stakeholders what would happen without a collaborative solution, the status quo description provided a reason for action.

Complete Description

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