Implement and Institutionalize the Plan
Agency heads and possibly elected officials must agree in writing to act in accordance with the recommended plan.
Critical Difference: The P&G ends with the
ranking of alternatives based on the decision criterion for Federal
projects, then a local decision to build that project or send a
recommendation to build to the President and Congress. In SVP, the
SVPM shapes and is shaped by the process of collaboratively ranking
alternatives in a process similar to the “informed consent” process
used by doctors. Once a collaborative decision is made, it is
implemented by the decision makers identified in Step 1.
Example from the National Drought Study
During the Kanawha River DPS, the plan
selection workshop allowed stakeholders to use the SVPM and debate the
impact of the alternatives upon the objectives. This helped
stakeholders to choose widely acceptable alternatives and recommend
those changes to decision-makers.