The Shared Vision Planning approach employs a specific method for
creating collaborative discussions and computer models. Anyone wishing
to engage in Shared Vision Planning can follow these steps to enact
this approach to resource management.
The first five steps are performed iteratively; that is, the
sequence of steps is repeated as more information becomes available for
For each step we give a brief description, the differences
between Shared Vision Planning and traditional planning, and a link to a
more detailed description from the National Drought Study.
Step 1 — Build a Team and Identify Problems with Stakeholders, Decision-Makers and Experts.
Step 2 — Develop Objectives and Metrics for Evaluation.
Step 3 — Describe the Status Quo Using a Collaboratively Built Model.
Step 4 — Collaboratively Formulate Alternatives Using the Model.
Step 5 — Collaboratively Evaluate Alternatives and Develop Team Recommendations Using the Model.
Step 6 — Implement and Institutionalize the Plan.
Step 7 — Exercise and Update the Plan.
The National Drought Study
The IWR Report Managing Water for Drought is known
as the National Drought Study (NDS) throughout this web site. Its seven
steps provide the framework from which Shared Vision Planning has
evolved. Each step of the Shared Vision Planning Method above is further
illustrated by an example from the National Drought Study. On these
pages are excerpts from the study and a link to the full report (pdf, 1.57 MB).
The Fairweather Demonstration
This step-by-step demonstration is a hypothetical Shared
Vision Planning and modeling case study designed by Dr. Richard Palmer,
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of
Washington. Use this tool to practice organizing and leading a Shared
Vision Planning effort.