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Project Summary

Project 2012-002-00 - Oregon Regional Coordination

Please Note: This project is the product of one or more merges and/or splits from other projects. Historical data automatically included here are limited to the current project and previous generation (the “parent” projects) only. The Project Relationships section details the nature of the relationships between this project and the previous generation. To learn about the complete ancestry of this project, please review the Project Relationships section on the Project Summary page of each parent project.

Project Number:
2012-002-00
Title:
Oregon Regional Coordination
Summary:
The project provides partial funding for ODFW staff to monitor and report on activities of key regional forums where policies, programs, and actions that affect fish and wildlife are planned and implemented. ODFW will participate in these forums to collaborate and communicate Oregon's position in one or more of the forums. ODFW will monitor and provide information updates and analyses on current activities of various forums within the Columbia River Basin that may impact Oregon's interests.

Our goal is to participate, collaborate and communicate effectively and efficiently with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the NW Power and Conservation Council (Council), Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife co-managers, the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Columbia River mitigation forums, the Regional Implementation Oversight Group (RIOG), the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP), the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Forum (PCSRF), and other relevant organizations and forums. This is to assure decisions on appropriate actions to recover fish and wildlife populations, and to mitigate for lost productivity due to the construction and operation of the Federal Columbia River Power Supply (FCRPS), are informed by Oregon’s perspective and benefit from Oregon’s expertise.

This work will help to assure that ODFW has an opportunity to learn of, contribute to planning and development, and make recommendations for actions to assess and restore fish and wildlife resources affected by the development and operation of the FCRPS. This work includes contributions to a variety of regional reviews and focused workshops.

This project provides partial funding support for travel and staff time to prepare for and contribute to regional processes. Work is conducted by ODFW staff throughout the year. Regional meetings and workshops are held in various locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Preparations and contributions are conducted primarily in office environments.

Our work is monitored largely through contract management to document participation and contribution to regional meetings, review, forums, workshops and oversight groups.
Proposer:
Proponent Orgs:
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2012
Ending FY:
2021
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Basinwide - 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
Regional Coordination
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 33.4%   Resident: 33.3%   Wildlife: 33.3%
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2020 - FY2022)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2020 Expense $130,711 From: General FY20 SOY 06/05/2019
FY2020 Expense $9,099 From: General Budget Increase ODFW - 2/26/20 02/26/2020
FY2021 Expense $130,711 From: General FY21 SOY 06/09/2020
FY2021 Expense $15,000 From: General ODFW FY21 Portfolio Transfers 08/07/2020

Pending Budget Decision?  No


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Contracts

The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
74313 REL 76 SOW Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 2012-002-00 EXP OREGON REGIONAL COORDINATION Issued $139,810 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2021



Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):8
Completed:2
On time:2
Status Reports
Completed:34
On time:16
Avg Days Late:5

Historical from: 1989-062-01
Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
306 REL 1 5864, 20620 REL 2, 20620 REL 8, 20620 REL 12, 20620 REL 15, 20620 REL 23, 20620 REL 26, 20620 REL 29 1989-062-01, ANNUAL WORK PLAN Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 02/2000 02/2000 History 43 76 13 0 0 89 100.00% 4
19573 PROJECT 1989-062-01, HABITAT EVALUATION PROJECT (HEP) Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 10/2004 10/2004 History 1 5 0 0 0 5 100.00% 0
20620 REL 3 20620 REL 6 1989-062-01 NED/CBCIS Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 04/2005 04/2005 History 6 18 4 2 1 25 88.00% 0
20620 REL 4 1989-062-01 NED WORKSHOP Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 04/2005 04/2005 History 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20620 REL 11 20620 REL 17 EXP 198906201 F&W PROGRAM WEB/DATA SERVICES Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation 04/2007 04/2007 History 13 18 0 0 0 18 100.00% 0
47646 52934, 56776, 60848, 65346, 68789, 72189, 75547, 74313 REL 24, 74313 REL 53, 74313 REL 76 1989-062-01 EXP OREGON COORDINATION 2010 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 04/2010 04/2010 Issued 42 44 4 0 1 49 97.96% 0
47428 51832, 56522, 60567, 64995, 68638, 72146, 75609, 78849, 81754, 84823, 86424 1989-062-01 EXP IDAHO COORDINATION 2010 Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) 04/2010 04/2010 Signature 42 44 5 0 0 49 100.00% 0
52771 56772, 60884, 65338, 68785, 72257, 76054, 74314 REL 28, 74314 REL 64, 74314 REL 90 1989-062-01 EXP WASHINGTON COORDINATION 2011 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 04/2011 04/2011 Issued 38 38 4 0 0 42 100.00% 0
Project Totals 185 243 30 2 2 277 98.56% 4


The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2012-002-00-NPCC-20130807
Project: 2012-002-00 - Oregon Regional Coordination
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-2012-002-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 2/26/2014
Recommendation: Implement
Comments: See Regional Coordination Review and Recommendations - Part 4.
Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-NPCC-20120130
Project: 1989-062-01 - Annual Work Plan for Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA)
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal: RESCAT-1989-062-01
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 2/26/2014
Recommendation: Implement with Conditions
Comments: An existing task of the project consisting of manager and Council input, focuses on developing fish and wildlife indicators (FWI) and aggregating related data to support the Council’s Program HLIs. Another task of the Foundation project, presents the FWI data in a highly summarized manner that is easily accessible to the public through the Status of the Resources (SOTR). The information gathered by tasks also may serve to inform Program implementation and evaluation needs including assessments at the subbasin and provincial level. The products related to these two tasks are important for addressing to the program’s evaluation reporting needs, and are critical to the Council’s HLIs report. For brevity, these two tasks are referred to as “reporting tasks” from this point forward. This work is currently under contract through FY 2012 (in this case, through March 31, 2013). PERC should determine and detail the future implementation of the SOTR and the development of the FWIs.

Council recommendation:
a. PERC should determine and detail the future implementation of the two reporting tasks described above – SOTR and the development of the FWIs.

b. The project also provides important historical project information through their website that is valuable to the Program and should receive input from Council and managers regarding maintenance and content of this web resource. The content of the website, including past project proposals, should be maintained as this is critical information for the Program and its coordination. Bonneville should provide a long-term storage and accessibility plan for the past project proposals.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2012-002-00-ISRP-20120215
Project: 2012-002-00 - Oregon Regional Coordination
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-2012-002-00
Completed Date: 4/17/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Qualified
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Qualification #1 - Qualification #1
See programmatic comments on coordination projects. A sound scientific proposal should respond to the six questions and related material at the beginning of the regional coordination section.
First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Qualified
First Round ISRP Comment:

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

The proposed work includes data management (storage, management, and reporting) - 10%, review of technical documents and processes - 40%, facilitating and participating in focus workgroups on Program issues - 50%. Many meetings are identified and draft documents were prepared. One of the outcomes of coordination was “filling of the gaps” in monitoring. Projects were implemented and data monitoring was improved. The role of coordination in these activities could be clarified, key variables identified and observed, and hypotheses on how coordination improves data management and project implementation formulated. How did these coordination activities add value or achieve desired goals?

On significance to regional programs, a detailed statement describes several regional fora in which the ODFW participates and to which project funding will be applied to enable coordination, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation. Oregon is a participant in the process of conserving and restoring Columbia Basin fish and wildlife that are affected by the building and operation of the hydro system. Oregon’s primary goal is to assure that decisions and actions to recover fish and wildlife populations “are informed by Oregon’s perspective and benefit from Oregon’s expertise.”

The statement about limiting factors does not really identify issues that may limit the effectiveness of the coordination, but instead lists benefits of coordination and notes that the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program is implemented through an adaptive management approach that will ensure that climate change and other sources of uncertainty will be addressed. Could a hypothesis about relevant expertise or "effective communication and collaboration with a myriad of federal, tribal, and other state agencies and other pertinent organizations to coordinate efforts related to the implementation of the Council's Fish and Wildlife Program …ensure that regional decisions on appropriate actions to recover fish and wildlife populations …benefit from Oregon expertise” be limiting?

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (ISRP Review of Results)

Performance: The proposal states that all deliverables were completed on time since ODFW separated from CBFWA. One report is shown as "red"

Major accomplishments: The proposal summarizes participation in meetings, presentations, and contributions to various documents and processes. These are useful for assessing participation. Important for coordination is what were the outcomes from participating in meetings, presentations, and contributions to documents and processes?

Adaptive management: The proposal notes the importance of adaptive management. It contains a very good discussion of the adaptive management process and identifies 8-steps to implement it. The 8-step process is a good beginning for the framing of one or more hypotheses that would show the value of coordination. Transparency, accountability, and effective planning are all variables. Measurement of these variables could be discussed in the section on deliverables. Can measures be proposed and can these variables be related to coordination activities that provide for transparency, accountability, and effective planning. For example, is the face-to-face nature of meetings beneficial for establishing trust and transparency, or are other activities more effective? An assumption is that coordination meetings and activities provide more effective plans. Is there evidence for this relationship? What are ideas for the evaluation process mentioned in step 7? Can a monitoring protocol be identified for evaluating both the occurrence and the effectiveness of this process? There is no discussion of adaptive management approaches taken within this project. Nor does the project have an adaptive management design.

ISRP Retrospective Evaluation of Results

The problem statement describes the 2010 separation from CBFWA and the need to continue funding for the individual states to continue to participate in the implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Program through the coordination and information transmission that was formerly accomplished through CBFWA. This is a new project, so technically there are no results to evaluate.

Historical data on performance is available with the project, “Proposal RESCAT-1989-062-01 - Program Coordination and Facilitation Services provided through the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Foundation.” See the section, “Reporting & Contracted Deliverables Performance.” The proposal contains a very insightful discussion of the changing coordination "landscape," which resulted in Oregon withdrawing from CBFWA in 2010.


3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions for Type of Work (hatchery, RME, tagging)

Project relationships: The statement describing the changing landscape of coordination and the different needs and opportunities presented by these changes could be the basis for scientific research on regional coordination. A short summary of the types of coordination that are most needed by ODFW, and a list of projects doing similar work and with which they coordinate is provided and could be built upon.


Regional coordination focus: The geographic interests of the State of Oregon overall encompass the Willamette/Lower Columbia, Middle Columbia, and Snake River Recovery areas.

For situations where, “Some of the changes have diminished the need for regionally-based coordination among the Basin's fish and wildlife managers,” does this mean less effort needs to go into coordination? The insights under “Additional Relationships Explanation” are useful and could serve as the basis for developing hypotheses about what regional coordination is needed and what coordination is no longer relevant. What are the most effective ways of organizing and coordinating? What types of coordination activities work best? What percentage of the meetings is facilitated and does this improve outcomes? Does coordination provide value? How would the value of coordination be measured and compared against the costs?

Under value-added, the proposal makes the point, “Participation in the basinwide coordination resulted in identifying and implementation of projects which filled gaps in the monitoring of listed Snake River Basin spring/summer Chinook salmon and steelhead and other Columbia Basin fish and wildlife populations.” This section summarizes ODFW staff activities enabled by this funding. It includes a summary of outcomes that directly result from the project. Could more insight be included about the specific outcomes with respect to the Fish and Wildlife Program? Are these projects likely to show improvements in recovering listed species?

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Work elements: The project has three work elements – 114. Identify and Select Projects, 122. Provide Technical Review, and 189. Coordination-Columbia Basinwide. These work elements have no metrics identified. Can output metrics and methods be identified to go with these work elements? Ideally, the hypothesis(es) developed in the proposal would be measured during the course of the coordination activities and results presented in the report on this project. There are many ideas discussed in the proposal that are amenable to this approach. Selecting a few of the most important questions, concerns, or hypotheses and monitoring them is recommended.

Deliverables and methods: a summary list of meetings attended, coordination activities performed and contributions to documents is enumerated. Metrics are based on inputs, for example numbers of meetings attended, rather than outcomes. What was achieved in the meetings?

4a. Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

The protocols for the three work elements are published but do not provide adequate guidance on the methods and metrics. Guidance is available from ISRP (2007-14:2). Project sponsors can strengthen the science in proposals by developing methods and metrics for the most important project objectives.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/17/2012 3:03:05 PM.
Documentation Links:
Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-ISRP-20120215
Project: 1989-062-01 - Annual Work Plan for Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA)
Review: Resident Fish, Regional Coordination, and Data Management Category Review
Proposal Number: RESCAT-1989-062-01
Completed Date: 4/13/2012
Final Round ISRP Date: 4/3/2012
Final Round ISRP Rating: Qualified
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Qualification #1 - Qualification #1 - See programmatic comments on coordination projects
A sound scientific proposal should respond to the six questions and related material at the beginning of the regional coordination section.
First Round ISRP Date: 2/8/2012
First Round ISRP Rating: Qualified
First Round ISRP Comment:

The proposal contains so much detail that it is difficult to review. Future proposals would be improved through more summary and synthesis of relevant information.

The proposal provides extensive insight into a scientific perspective on program coordination. A number of hypotheses are presented about the coordination process and its outcomes. The approach provides narrative findings for the experience gained by CBFWA. The insights provide compelling analysis for developing a sound scientific perspective on program coordination early in the evaluation process.

Proposal strengths:

  • The proposal is fully documented; methods and accomplishments are exhaustively described.
  • The limiting factors statement addresses large-scale issues that have the potential to limit the effectiveness of the project. This is rare among proposals.
  • The proposal provides extensive insight into a scientific perspective on program coordination.
  • Performance metrics have been identified and used to evaluate project effectiveness.

Weaknesses:

  • So much detail is presented that it's difficult for the reviewer to track proposal content. The project is not only complex in itself it is also undergoing significant structural change.
  • It is unclear where sturgeon or anadromous fish fit into CBFWA activities.
  • It is sometimes difficult for external reviewers to assess the effectiveness of the project.

1. Purpose: Significance to Regional Programs, Technical Background, and Objectives

The CBFWA proposal offers a detailed narrative review of the coordination history from 1989 to the present. It analyzes changes in coordination that have occurred and reasons for them. The proposal also raises a number of policy issues to be addressed by Bonneville and the Council.

Problem statement: The problem statement is overly long, but at its end a summary conclusion adequately states the problem the proposal is designed to address.

Objectives: The proposal is focused around seven objectives, but the implicit overarching objective of this proposal is to coordinate disparate regional coordination projects around subject-matter themes.

Each objective has several deliverables that include development and maintenance; communications; coordinating, implementing, and facilitating; collate and summarize; attend and participate.

Emerging limiting factors: The proposal identifies three limiting factors for effective regional coordination: 1) perception of fairness, 2) participation and buy-in, and 3) adequate funding for both facilitation and participation. The proposal aims to address recent changes in these limiting factors.

2. History: Accomplishments, Results, and Adaptive Management (ISRP Review of Results)

Financial performance and history: This section provides an adequate description of a financial history complicated by inconsistencies in reporting and budgeting dates and by a changing project structure.

Performance: An adequate short description is provided.

Major accomplishments: A detailed description of the project's major accomplishments in its former version – the Annual Work Plan. Because it has been coordinating activities since 1989, CBFWA has extensive coordination experience and the proposal lists many insights. Further, the proposal provides detailed discussion on why some members have left CBFWA coordination and facilitation services. The new project configuration will begin with this funding cycle. Metrics of performance are numbers of meeting attendees and qualitative evaluation of outcomes made possible by actions of the CBFWA in various fora. A stakeholder survey was also conducted.

Response to ISRP comments: A complete description of ISRP comments and CBFWA response in terms of developing tools to monitor impact is provided.

Adaptive management: A good description of changes in CBFWA focus and configuration in response to changing circumstances in the region.

3. Project Relationships, Emerging Limiting Factors, and Tailored Questions for Type of Work (hatchery, RME, tagging)

The geographic interests of CBFWA encompass the entire Columbia Basin for both fish and wildlife. CBFWA's goal has been to include all sovereigns and action agencies in the coordination process. In addition, CBFWA encompass the Willamette/Lower Columbia, Middle Columbia, Upper Columbia, and Snake River Recovery areas.

Project relationships: The statement provides a history of the changing configuration of CBFWA and a long list of coordination, monitoring and other programs throughout the region with which it is coordinated.

Tailored questions, data: The proposal provides a long description of the Status of the Resource website and its function. Information provided in the presentation indicates that the project has added tribal data coordinators to the already participating agency representatives. The narrative analysis of the regional coordination problem is excellent and provides useful insights; more attention to identification of a scientific component to the proposal would help to plan for future success.

More findings like this one would be valuable, "These factors illustrate in high relief the Fish and Wildlife Program’s recognition that coordination efforts and funding should be focused through a set of functional activities that need coordination, and not necessarily on the basis of entities desiring coordination funding." This seems to represent a critical principle for organizing coordination activities. Another important set of coordination hypotheses, "solutions intended to increase coordinated efficiencies and effectiveness. This includes developing coordinated synthesis reports, sharing data and information through scientific papers and science/policy forums, holding regular workshops focused on specific species, methods, or geographic areas, and on several topics, the drafting of basin-wide management plans." In this same section, "CBFWA Members recognized the role the organization can play in delivering useful technical, science-based products associated with protection, mitigation and enhancement of the Columbia Basin’s anadromous and resident fish, and wildlife."

The proposal suggests that “the adaptive management framework for which coordination” be used. “Adaptive management” is mention in 4 of the 7 project objectives, in many of the deliverables, and development of an “adaptive management framework” is frequently mentioned. Can this framework be more explicitly and specifically identified? How have the many lessons learned been built into each adaptive management cycle? What is the typical length of an adaptive management cycle? In the adaptive management section a very interesting process is described that suggests that funding arrangements changed the need and approaches to collaboration. This is a very interesting insight. It does not illuminate the adaptive management framework often discussed, but it does indicate that funding is an important driver as to participation in coordination activities. The identification of factors that may limit the effectiveness regional coordination including perception of fairness, participation and buy-in, and adequate funding for both facilitation and participation, is an insightful and useful hypothesis. Did the conduct of a consumer satisfaction survey in 2010 help in assessing these variables?

4. Deliverables, Work Elements, Metrics, and Methods

Deliverables: The project has 24 deliverables related directly to the seven objectives. Each is described in detail.

Project components: The project has eight components, each described in some detail: Data Management (5%); Monitoring and evaluation (10%); Developing and tracking biological objectives (5%); Review of technical documents and processes (10%); Project proposal review (5%); Coordination of projects, programs, and funding sources within subbasins 20%); Facilitating and participating in focus workgroups on Program Issue (25%); and Information dissemination (20%).

Work elements: CBFWA lists many work elements (11).

Methods and metrics: Methods are described in detail in several different sections. Metrics are also described. Measurement of performance is through numbers at meetings, outcomes of coordination, and a survey of stakeholder satisfaction.

One form of assessing effectiveness is the output of meeting results, documents, and other evidence of outcomes of coordination and facilitation actions. Another way to assess effectiveness is input from the state, federal, and tribal agencies involved in the process, who are well-positioned to assess this effectiveness. Other entities interacting with the program but not formally part of the CBFWA functions are also able to provide input. Some possible approaches to at least showing the degree of success would be, as a minimum, letters from each agency/tribe responding specifically to a series of questions as to how well the CBFWF program is meeting their needs in key areas and how the program might be improved. This request could also be addressed to some outside entities that participate with the workgroups. Some questions should address not only how well the CBFWA is meeting agency and tribal needs, but benefiting the salmon and other basin resources in specific ways that otherwise would not occur. It would also be of interest to know how the program involves entities such as the Oregon and Washington state agencies and the Corps of Engineers, and if more coordination among them and CBFWA entities is possible or can be expected.

4a. Specific comments on protocols and methods described in MonitoringMethods.org

The protocols for the 11 work elements are published but do not provide adequate guidance on the methods and metrics. The project sponsors can strengthen the science in proposals by developing methods and metrics for the most important project objectives. The relative value of “electronic meetings” vs. “face-to-face sessions” would be useful to study. Another worthy topic for review is dimensions of “facilitation.”

What part of “the ISRP for reporting metrics for regional coordination (ISRP 2007-14)” will be implemented? The document suggests (ISRP 2007-14:4), “Metrics of Impact: (e.g., how effective is the project: what is its added value of the coordination project) changes in behavior, value to the members, user evaluation of product utility, lack of redundancy, member assessment of effectiveness and impact, benefits to fish and wildlife of enhanced coordination activities, specific projects or resources benefited by the project, specific effect of coordination on conservation and management.” Where in the proposal are these suggested metrics of impact operationalized? A hypothesis worth testing is whether change in funding has led to decreased regional coordination.

Modified by Dal Marsters on 4/13/2012 12:24:40 PM.
Documentation Links:
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1989-062-01 - Annual Work Plan for Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA)
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Under Review
Comments: Funding recommendation for FY08 and 09 dependent on further review and decision by the Council. See 'regional coordination placeholder' below and see discussion of regional coordination funding in the programmatic recommendations.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1989-062-01 - Annual Work Plan for Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority (CBFWA)
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
The response includes a detailed description of the types of coordination and facilitation services that CBFWA is or could be providing. It adds information that was missing from the proposal regarding the operational meaning of general coordination terms. The response states that without CBFWA, the BPA, NPCC and the ISRP would find it difficult to staff activities such as holding meetings and providing website services. In addition, the response states that the "Columbia River Basin is dependent on the coordination, administration, and technical services that the CBFWA provides" for two monitoring and evaluation coordination partnerships (PNAMP and CSMEP). CBFWA activities in this regard include subcontracting services, participation in meetings, and website services. In 2005 CBFWA began to further expand its role to data inventory and reporting services. The response further states that the CBFWA role extends beyond coordination of its members to services for non-member entities.



Overall, a better demonstration is needed that CBFWA's services are provided in the most cost-effective manner. The response provides a better description of the association of the $900k budget line to the "annual report", including good detail on the range of products associated with the report. However, questions remain as to whether the costs are reasonable, especially given that a template of the website is already up and running.



The response also provides a description of the withdrawal of the Kalispel and Spokane tribes from membership. It appears that the interests of these two entities were not being addressed at the policy level; however, little explanation is provided as to why this situation exists. Does CBFWA have mechanisms to cope with "under-represented" groups?



The description of performance metrics is useful. As the sponsors indicate, existing performance metrics measure output (e.g. number of meetings, number of participants) but not impact (changes in behavior, value to the members). The table of number of meetings is interesting, particularly the very low number of PNAMP meetings (n=1) relative to other kinds of meeting such as "member meetings." However, evaluating performance on the basis of the number of meetings held, average number of participants, and reports produced is not, as the sponsors acknowledge, sufficient to assess impacts.



As recommended by ISRP, the sponsors conducted a literature review of metrics to assess coordination effectiveness. Review results were not provided but apparently were not considered applicable: "Results from coordination-oriented literature searches provide a broad set of techniques and metrics that are not consistent for coordination efforts, a situation that is comparable to differences that exist among monitoring and evaluation efforts for physical and biological projects."



Regardless of the range of approaches, the ISRP maintains that coordination efforts such as these can be evaluated. The response provides a vigorous defense of the need for the CBFWA, asserting that more coordination will result in better survival and recovery of fish and wildlife populations. However, no quantitative measures are developed for determining the degree to which this is the case. The Status of the Resource Project should provide useful information on key variables such as escapements, but the response does not give much information on project status or data QA/QC. Will Columbia River Basin fish and wildlife agencies rely on the Project for data or will the project duplicate agency data?



The recommended qualification to funding is that the project should develop an approach to monitor its impact in terms of changes in behavior and value to the members. In addition to the PISCES metrics, it would be useful to have CBFWA develop member-feedback instruments to evaluate member assessment of effectiveness and impact. In addition, the new cluster of products included under the Status of the Resource report provides an opportunity for user evaluation of product utility.
Documentation Links:

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1989-062-01
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 1 - Appears reasonable
Comment: Coordination/travel costs for fish and wildlife managers (managers authorized/required).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1989-062-01-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1989-062-01
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: This project Split From 1989-062-01 effective on 7/7/2011
Relationship Description: Starting with the FY12 SOY & contract (April, 2012); Oregon, Idaho and Washington will all have separate projects and contracts. Previously they had a separate contract under project 1989-062-01. This separation will keep those entities that retain their share of coordination separate from CBFWA.


Name Role Organization
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Tucker Jones Project Lead Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Zachary Gustafson Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Eric Andersen Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration