Institute for Water Resources


Shared Vision Planning

SVP Method - Step 5

Collaboratively Evaluate Alternatives and Develop Team Recommendations Using the Model

The study team should compare alternatives against the status quo to find how they will meet the objectives developed in step 2. Promising alternatives should then be modeled in the shared vision model so that team members can collaboratively evaluate specific performance measurements.  Based on results from the shared vision models, the team should find a consensus on specific recommendations for changing a current resource-management plan.  

Critical Difference:  The team uses a collaboratively built model (the SVPM) to evaluate impacts of alternatives based on decision criteria.  Formulation and evaluation can be done faster and cheaper, so there are more iterations in SVP than in a P&G study.

Example from the National Drought Study

All alternatives should undergo an initial screening process. This evaluation will eliminate alternatives that do not address the planning objectives or do not contain all the elements required to make the plan complete. The remaining alternatives should be ranked starting with the most promising and then modeled in the SVPM.

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