Delta ISB Questionnaire on the Interagency Ecological Program
This questionnaire is intended to help inform the Delta Independent Science Board’s (Delta ISB’s) review on how the governance structure of the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) leads to the success of the program with respect to the coordination and organization of research, monitoring, modeling, and synthesis efforts to inform decision making and adaptive management. Responses to this questionnaire will help provide an overview of perceptions on how well IEP works to produce science. This questionnaire, along with interviews with key personnel and a review of key documents on how IEP is guided (e.g., IEP Strategic Plan, IEP Science Strategy, etc.), will help provide the basis for the Delta ISB’s recommendations.

The questionnaire includes both multiple-choice questions and written responses to support your multiple-choice selection. This questionnaire could be completed in less than 10 minutes if you only fill out the multiple-choice questions, and would take longer if you provide detailed written responses. We realize that this questionnaire may require some time on your part if you choose to provide written comments. However, based on previous reviews, we know how important these individual comments are in compiling our reports, and we appreciate your efforts in this regard.

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Please list your organization/program below. *
The Delta ISB’s review will list which organizations/programs responded to the questionnaire, but individual responses will not be linked to the respondent.
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Are you answering on behalf of an agency? *
Please describe your role in IEP (check all that apply). *
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Please describe your length of involvement with IEP (check one). *
Please complete the survey questions below.
Question 1
1a) IEP is a synthesizer of information about the Delta and its ecosystem. *
1b) Rate how well IEP works as a synthesizer of information about the Delta and its ecosystem on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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1c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve its part in this role.
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Question 2
2a) IEP serves as a nexus for the analysis, synthesis, and translation of science about issues affecting the Delta to inform decision making and adaptive management. *
2b) Rate how well IEP serves as a nexus for the analysis, synthesis, and translation of science on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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2c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve its part in this role.
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Question 3
3a) In my opinion, IEP’s current products and efforts are useful to inform decision-making and adaptive management. *
3b) Rate how useful IEP’s current products and efforts are to inform decision making and adaptive management on a scale of 1 (not useful) to 5 (very useful). *
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3c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve its products and efforts.
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Question 4
This question will ask you to evaluate the structure of IEP, which refers to the program’s organization (e.g., Directors, Coordinators Team, Science Management Team, etc) and core processes for accomplishing IEP's mission (e.g., utilizing the IEP Strategic Plan, updating the IEP Science Agenda, and developing annual work plans).
4a) The structure of IEP facilitates the provision of credible and relevant scientific information that supports management of the water supply and key ecosystem components in the Delta. *
4b) Rate how well IEP facilitates the provision of credible and relevant scientific information that supports management of the water supply and key ecosystem components in the Delta on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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4c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve its part in this role.
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Question 5
5a) The degree of coordination among IEP agencies/programs meets science and management needs in the Delta. *
5b) Rate how well IEP coordinates with its agencies/programs to meet science and management needs in the Delta on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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5c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve internal coordination.
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Question 6
6a) The degree of coordination between IEP agencies/programs and other (non-IEP) agencies/programs meets science and management needs in the Delta. *
6b) Rate how well IEP coordinates with other (non-IEP) agencies/programs to meet science and management needs in the Delta on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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6c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve external coordination.
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Question 7
7a) I am familiar with the different organizational components of IEP (e.g., Agency Directors, Coordinators, Science Management Team, Technical Teams and Project Work Teams, etc.). *
7b) Rate how well the different organizational components of IEP work to produce and use science on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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7c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how IEP could improve the different organizational components of IEP.
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Question 8
8a) I am familiar with the institutional arrangements that support the interagency investment in IEP. *
8b) Rate how well the institutional arrangements that support the interagency investment in IEP work on a scale of 1 (works poorly) to 5 (works well). *
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8c) Provide specific comments to support your response, or suggestions for how institutional arrangements could be improved.
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Question 9
9a) I am aware of IEP’s Business Practices Review that was completed in 2015. *
9b) If you are aware of this review, please describe how IEP has responded to the recommendations from the review.
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Other Feedback
Please feel free to suggest other topics you would like to be considered by the Delta ISB in its review of the IEP.
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Thank you for filling out this questionnaire!
Please e-mail disb@deltacouncil.ca.gov with any questions.
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