A procedural framework for selecting objectives and performance metrics for oil spill response assessment (project report)
Tuler, S., Webler, T., Seager, T., Kay, R., and Linkov, I. 2008. Defining and selecting objectives and performance metrics for oil spill response assessment: A process design integrating analysis and deliberation. SERI Report 08-002. Technical report submitted to the Coastal Response Research Center, NOAA Grant # NA04NOS4190063. Project Number: 05-983. Greenfield, MA: Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

Publication Abstract

This document lays out a framework by which defensible performance metrics for oil spill response can be developed in an analytic-deliberative process that includes a broad range of stakeholders and is informed by the best available scientific knowledge – principles of fairness and competence. Performance metrics can be used to: improve oil spill response planning, promote institutional learning post-response, support public communication during and after spills, etc. The framework takes as a starting point the existing “business as usual” approach to response planning and proposes specific activities that can be undertaken to integrate selection of performance metrics into contingency planning efforts. This paper builds on theories and empirical research on public participation in hazard management, typologies of performance metrics, and decision analysis. A core principle of this framework is that performance metrics for oil spill response must be tightly coupled to objectives for oil spill response. A three phase, six
step process is presented. The integration of performance metrics into oil spill response
planning will help ensure plans better reflect public concerns and values, promote learning, and
improve spill managers’ communications with the public

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