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.