determining the key factors that affect water-related risk communication and decision processes;
assessing the effectiveness of user-organized institutions for water distribution and identifying the legal and policy environments in which they succeed;
analyzing the range of experience with different processes for obtaining stakeholder input in the making of water policies and water plans;
elucidating the cultural and ethical factors associated with water use, and comparing institutions having different cultural and ethical bases;
informing the policy-making process; and
evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of past water policies and projects.