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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Prioritization Rubric." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Prioritization Rubric

The committee developed the following rubric as a way to refine the water resource and science challenges and questions identified for the next 25 years (see Statement of Task 1 and Box 1.1) to those that would have high potential to benefit the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) strategic science and other federal agency priorities (see Statement of Task 3). The rubric addressed scientific importance, societal need, relevance to the USGS mission, and relevance to partners; from these criteria, the committee was able to narrow the 10 questions identified in Chapter 2 of this report to the five in Chapter 3. This rubric was based on a project prioritization framework created by the Office of Quality Improvement at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.1

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1 Gosenheimer, C., B. Rust, and N. Thayer-Hart. 2012. Project Prioritization: A Structured Approach to Working on What Matters Most. Office of Quality Improvement. University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Prioritization Rubric." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Criteria Scoring Value Priority Questions Identified in Chapter 3 of the Report
Scientific Importance (global, national, regional, local)
  • All four are high (4)
  • Three are high (3)
  • Two are high (2)
  • One is high (1)
Societal Need (global, national, regional, local)
  • All four are high (4)
  • Three are high (3)
  • Two are high (2)
  • One is high (1)

Relevance to USGS Mission
Observes
Understands
Predicts
Delivers

  • All four elements (4)
  • Three elements (3)
  • Two elements (2)
  • One element (1)
Relevance to Partners
Other parts of USGS
Other federal agencies
State, tribal, and local
agencies
Stakeholders
(nongovernmental organizations, general public, private sector) Total Score:
  • All four partners (4)
  • Three partners (3)
  • Two partners (2)
  • One partner (1)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Prioritization Rubric." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix D: Prioritization Rubric." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25134.
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Solving problems related to use of water resources will be of paramount importance in coming decades as increasing pressure from growing populations, climate change, extreme weather, and aging water-related infrastructure threaten water availability and quality.

The Water Mission Area (WMA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long-established reputation for collecting and delivering high-quality, unbiased scientific information related to the nation’s water resources. WMA observations help inform decisions ranging from rapid responses during emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, and forest fires, to the long-term management of water resources.

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