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198810804 - StreamNet (CIS/NED)

Sponsor: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)

Budgets: FY07: $2,901,154 | FY08: $3,040,961 | FY09: $3,198,011

Short description: StreamNet is a data development & dissemination project that provides data related services to the FWP and the region's fish and wildlife agencies. It obtains, georeferences, standardizes and disseminates specific fish related data from multiple sources

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,315,033 | FY08: $2,315,033 | FY09: $2,315,033

Comment: Interim funding pending Council review of data priorities. Council draft recommendation is to hold to FY 2006 level. ISRP fundable (qualified): address in programmatic issue in the decision document.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

The need to standardize data protocols continues. The central role of BPA in funding data collection in the basin should provide a mechanism to require standardization of data reporting, protocols, and methods. However, the sponsor’s response provided reasonable explanation of the position of StreamNet relative to the data standards issue and the difficulties of moving the issue forward based on voluntary agency agreement. The proposal describes past, present, and future features of StreamNet in a subdued manner. Nevertheless, the importance of having data development and dissemination activities in the basin is clear. StreamNet is complex, and the staff is attempting to meet the needs of a diverse audience. As we learned in the 2000 review, this is not easy. Workshops to establish priority needs, better mechanisms to track use and effectiveness, documented QA/QC procedures, moves toward standardization without offending clients (both users and suppliers of data), specific data development on hatchery releases, and other topics that the ISRP questioned appear to be underway and in the right direction. For example, the ISRP encourages the sponsors to complete the draft document describing QA/QC procedures soon. The base program is fundable and serves an important role in the Basin. The ISRP strongly supports expanding the tasks and objectives of StreamNet to provide the most utility to the basin. The “Fundable” recommendation is qualified, however, because the program needs to develop measures of effectiveness and assess its impact in terms of those measures. The project should have in place a system for monitoring and evaluating its performance. The program still needs to develop more in-depth measures of monitoring effectiveness and assess its impact in terms of user satisfaction. Use of the services should be documented, and more focus should be placed on outputs rather than inputs. A systematic way of evaluating effectiveness is needed. Who are the users? Were these users satisfied? Is tracking software used (e.g., Web Trends)? The sponsors should provide some evaluative performance information to address these questions. The ISRP recommends that the project receive an independent project review on the quality of its service delivery soon. The sponsors are receptive to the idea of an independent performance review.

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State/province recommendation: MS: Core Program

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,500,000 | FY08: $2,500,000 | FY09: $2,500,000

Comment: A Streamnet project is a Core Program need. The MSRT is not certain that this is the core Streamnet project that is needed. There are four additional Streamnet proposals related to CSMEP, harvest, hatchery, and habitat project data which need to be considered in addition to this core project. Streamnet's role and functions need be defined within an M&E framework for the Program. The project has requested guidance on priorities for data types needed by the Program. The MSRT anticipates a workshop or meeting involving the Streamnet steering committee and regional managers to define Streamnet's role and functions for FY 2007-2009. We do not have a specific recommendation to make that happen. Some ideas include discussions at the upcoming NED workshop, Remand RME workgroup, CSMEP, and others. There is currently not a requirement in BPA contracts to report non-tagging fish data to Streamnet. It appears that there may be substantial non-reporting of fish data to Streamnet by data collection projects funded by BPA. Input to the Council's M&E Framework could help define information needs for regional data management (ISRP Retrospective Report recommendation).