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  • 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.

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