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Accession Number PB2013-106715
Title Early Evaluation of NOAA's Habitat Matrix Program.
Publication Date Jan 2009
Media Count 77p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract This still-young program continues to be administered primarily as a collection of individual programs rather than as a unified program with clear priorities and performance targets. Within this context, the individual programs appear to be effective in producing essential program outputs. Nevertheless, the Habitat Matrix Program as a whole cannot yet demonstrate progress toward achieving the outcome goals set forth for it by NOAA's Ecosystem Goal Team--healthy habitats for living marine resources that contribute to (1) healthy and productive coastal and marine ecosystems that benefit society, and (2) a well-informed public that acts as a steward of coastal and marine ecosystems. The Academy Panels recommendations for strengthening the Habitat's ability to demonstrate progress toward outcome goals include immediate actions to improve the programs existing logic models and performance measures--working with other federal agencies, NOAA's regional offices, and non-federal partners to relate the current programs more directly to commonly agreed-on outcomes. The Panel also recommends a longterm strategy to establish new performance measures that can more directly document progress toward reaching explicit habitat improvement goals required to achieve larger ecosystem, fish population, and socio-economic goals.
Keywords Aquatic ecosystems
Coastal regions
Federal agencies
Fish populations
Marine environment
Performance evaluation
Program evaluation
Socioeconomic factors

Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 47D - Biological Oceanography
48B - Natural Resource Management
57H - Ecology
98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
Corporate Author National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1316
Contract Number N/A

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