Appendix H
Standard Content of a Performance Measure Specification

Component

Description

Performance measure title

Clear description of the performance measure content, and description of the module or region to which it applies

Last revised date

To be modified as needed, to clearly indicate the most recent version

Acceptance dates

Dates on which the performance measure is approved for evaluation and for assessment

Desired restoration condition

This section specifies (a) a narrative description of the desired restoration goal, i.e., that state of the performance measure variables that would be found in a healthy and sustainable ecosystem; (b) a quantitative projection, based on simulation modeling or other methods, of the target state for evaluation; (c) specification of the parameters and target values within the performance measure that will serve as the basis for assessment of response to CERP actions, including specification of the variables to be monitored. This latter portion may be a quantitative value for measured variables, a minimum acceptable level, or a trend of change.

Justification

This section provides a narrative description of the pre-drainage state of the indicator, a description of its current state, and a description of how CERP implementation will affect the indicator.

Scientific and/or regulatory basis

This section relates the performance measure to relevant conceptual ecological models, and establishes through cited literature its application to the model(s) as an attribute or a stressor. The CEM model diagram, and the specific Adaptive Assessment Hypothesis Clusters that involve this performance measure are cited. For performance measures developed with respect to regulatory goals, the statute requiring the performance measure is given.

Evaluation application

Information needed to use the performance measure to evaluate program alternatives includes (a) measurement protocols and the protocol used to conduct the evaluation; (b) normalized performance output, in which the projected performance measure values are scaled to the expected value (1.0) at full restoration, and a value of 0 indicating fully degraded condition; (c) examples of output from models or other predictive tools are given to provide an example of the interpretation of the output; (d) a discussion of the uncertainty associated with the performance measure, and the use of error statistics to describe that uncertainty.



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Appendix H Standard Content of a Performance Measure Specification Component Description Performance measure Clear description of the performance measure content, and description of the title module or region to which it applies Last revised date To be modified as needed, to clearly indicate the most recent version Acceptance dates Dates on which the performance measure is approved for evaluation and for assessment Desired restoration This section specifies (a) a narrative description of the desired restoration goal, i.e., condition that state of the performance measure variables that would be found in a healthy and sustainable ecosystem; (b) a quantitative projection, based on simulation modeling or other methods, of the target state for evaluation; (c) specification of the parameters and target values within the performance measure that will serve as the basis for assessment of response to CERP actions, including specification of the variables to be monitored. This latter portion may be a quantitative value for measured variables, a minimum acceptable level, or a trend of change. Justification This section provides a narrative description of the pre-drainage state of the indicator, a description of its current state, and a description of how CERP implementation will affect the indicator. Scientific and/or This section relates the performance measure to relevant conceptual ecological regulatory basis models, and establishes through cited literature its application to the model(s) as an attribute or a stressor. The CEM model diagram, and the specific Adaptive Assessment Hypothesis Clusters that involve this performance measure are cited. For performance measures developed with respect to regulatory goals, the statute requiring the performance measure is given. Evaluation application Information needed to use the performance measure to evaluate program alternatives includes (a) measurement protocols and the protocol used to conduct the evaluation; (b) normalized performance output, in which the projected performance measure values are scaled to the expected value (1.0) at full restoration, and a value of 0 indicating fully degraded condition; (c) examples of output from models or other predictive tools are given to provide an example of the interpretation of the output; (d) a discussion of the uncertainty associated with the performance measure, and the use of error statistics to describe that uncertainty. 313

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314 Appendix H Component Description Monitoring & assessment Information needed to use the performance measure for monitoring and application assessment, including (a) the appropriate modules and components as specified in the CERP Monitoring and Assessment Plan Part I; (b) interim goals and interim targets, as applicable, and (c) the appropriate assessment procedures, as specified in CERP Monitoring and Assessment Plan Part II. Future tool development This section describes any additional tools need to use the performance measure effectively for both evaluation and assessment. This section justifies the procurement of resources to develop such tools. Notes Any additional relevant information Working group members A list of the working group members, with agency affiliations, that were responsible for developing the performance measure and drafting the documentation References All documents cited in the performance measure description are cited; they are updated with each iteration of the performance measure documentation. Resources for completing CEMs—www.evergladesplan.org/pm/recover/cems.aspx the documentation sheet Adaptive hypothesis clusters—(www.evergladesplan.org/pm/recover/perf_ systemwide.aspx), plus links therein Other links to hypothesis clusters—http://www.evergladesplan.org/pm/recover/ recover_docs/et/101707 SOURCE: RECOVER (2007b).