Prioritization using Logic Models and MIRA by ert554898


									     Prioritization using
     Logic Models and
October 17. 2007
Instituto Nacional de Ecologia
Mexico City, Mexico
        Part I: Logic Models

Connecting Program Activities to
      Environmental Outcomes
What is a Logic Model?
Tool to help understand how program
 activities affect environmental outcomes.
Kellogg Foundation template to start.
  Foundation Home Page:
  Logic Model Guidance Document:
Modification for environmental programs.
    Logic Model Template

Baseline       Resources       Stressors     Activities    Outputs           Short and         Impact
What is the    In order to     In order of   In order to   We expect         Long term         We expect
condition of   accomplish      importance    address our   that once         outcomes          that if
the things     our set of      what are      problems or   accomplish        We expect         accomplish
we care        activities we   the           asset we      ed these          that if           ed these
about?         will need       stressors     will          activities will   accomplish        activities will
               the             and where     accomplish    produce the       ed the se         lead to the
               following:      are they      the           following         activities will   following
                               most          following     evidence or       lead to the       changes in
                               prevalent?    activities.   service           following         7-10 years.
                               These will                  delivery.         changes in
                               be used to                  (bold = perf      1-3 then 4-6
                               target                      stds)             years.
How to build a logic model

Brainstorm activities (“individual logic
  Program or site activities
For each activity, ask:
  Why do I do this activity?
  What is(are) the intended outcome(s) of doing
   that activity?
  What is(are) the actual outcome(s)?
  What is the impact (ultimate goal) of this
How to build a logic model – cont’d.
Baseline = outcome/impacts
  Need to measure the same thing at the
   baseline as at the end.
Stressor – Distinguish between:
  Pollutant stressors
     E.g., population growth, vehicle emissions
  Program stressors
     E.g., conflicting statute, no regulatory authority
  Different stressors compel different
Logic Models good for:
 Linking activities to outcomes/impacts
  Helps to identify dependent activities.
  If linking site activities, are different outcomes
   expected/desired from different sites?
 Describing indicators needed to measure
  Defining indicators is necessary for program evaluation;
   Not always easy.
 Learning about your programs.
  Examine why you do your activities.
What Logic Models are missing:

No indicator data contained in LMs.
No way to prioritize program activities.

Use MIRA to get these…
              Part II: MIRA

  Analyzing Information for
Decision Making: Prioritizing
Environmental Outcomes and
              Managing Risk
What’s involved in Decision analysis?
  Science – exposure, fate/transport models,
  Program implementation (logic models).
  Social science – environmental justice, different
   demographic impacts.
Integrative, contextual approach for
 decision analysis.

Multi-criteria Integrated Resource
MIRA Approach:
  Data driven; relative analysis

                                                                                                        Data Collection

                                                                                              Geostatistical                Fate and
                                                                                              Indicators Module             Transport

                                                                          Area Wide
                                                      Data Fit       Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                                          Area Wide
                             Region III             Data Scatter     Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                   Worst Outlier

                                                                                                         Programmatic and
                                                                          Area Wide
                                                      Data Fit       Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                                          Area Wide
                    1-Hr O3 Non-Attainment Areas    Data Scatter     Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted

                                                                                                         Budget Decision
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
Ozone Air Quality                                  Worst Outlier
                                                                          Area Wide
                                                      Data Fit       Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                                          Area Wide

                                                                                                         Analysis Module
                      1-Hr O3 Attainment Areas      Data Scatter     Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                   Worst Outlier
                                                                          Area Wide
                                                      Data Fit       Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                                          Area Wide
                           Class I Areas            Data Scatter     Population weighted
                                                                    Design Value weighted
                                                                   Attn. Threshold weighted
                                                   Worst Outlier
Personnel Impact     Monitor Servicing Distance
                             Work Load
 Trends Impact
What is MIRA designed to do?

Policy Development
  Assist in multi-criteria analyses for the
   development/implementation of policy.
Understanding alternatives
  Improve understanding of the relationship
   between the data and the decision alternatives.
Address stakeholder concerns
  Provide an analytical framework for reflecting
   stakeholder ideas (Inclusive)
Steps in the MIRA approach

 Determine the decision question.
 Brainstorm initial criteria.
 Gather data for those criteria.
 Construct the analytical hierarchy for the
  decision question.
 Index data (expert input).
 Preference criteria (stakeholder value sets).
 Iterate; Learn.
Hazard Ranking System (HRS)
Possible to use HRS score in different
 ways with MIRA:
  Option 1: Use HRS as a decision criterion.
  Option 2: Use HRS criteria and allow for
   flexibility for expert input and decision maker
     Appropriate when you don’t have or can’t get type of
      data required by HRS; i.e., need to use surrogate
Option 1: HRS as Criterion

Suppose you want to evaluate both the
 condition of the region and program
 effectiveness within the region to include:
  Public health impacts
  Ecological impacts
  Balance condition with program
Possible to set up a decision hierarchy
 something like this…
Option 1: Sample MIRA
Decision Hierarchy                       Risk
                Public Health           Source

                                    Habitat Condition
              Ecosystem Health
                 HRS            ?


                Public Health             Source

  Program                                 Admin.

                                     Habitat Condition
               Ecosystem Health

Option 1: Indicator Examples
 Condition
    HRS score
    Economic/social costs
    Ozone concentration, Nutrient load
    Cancer risk, Exposure
 Program
    # permits/regulations approved; % impaired streams
    % regulations that include evaluation of alternative control
    Amount of time between submittal and approval
    “x” type of Hazardous Waste implementation plan
     producing change/improvement in “y” type of risk
     parameter by “z” amount.
Option 1: How to use HRS with other
Need to consider the relative
 environmental significance of HRS with
 other criteria.
  Expert discussion
  What does HRS indicate? Is it a more decision
   significant indicator than economic cost (for
  If you believe no other criterion than HRS
   needs to be considered, you don’t need MIRA.
Option 2: Using HRS criteria as the
Suppose you only want to consider
 hazardous waste criteria as currently used
 in calculating HRS…
OR: You are unable to get data required/
 expected by HRS and must use surrogate
Possible to set up decision hierarchy as
              Likelihood of        Release
                Release           Potential of
                                   Toxicity/           Chronic
                                   Mobility           NonCancer
      SGW       Waste
                                  Haz. Waste            Source
                                 Nearest Indiv.
                                                     Waste Stream
                  Targets         Population

      SSW   ...                    Sensitive
      SS    ...
                      Option 2: MIRA Hierarchy for Hazard Ranking
      SA    ...       System (HRS)
HRS Calculation Example 1
 HRS: Likelihood of Release = greater of
  observed release or potential to release
  To replicate in MIRA: one of these criterion will have a
   weight of zero in the calculation (Other = 1.0).
  MIRA alternative (if not regulatory): weight these
   criteria in any way that adds up to 1.0 (or 100%).
HRS Calculation Example 2

HRS Calculation Methodology
Pathway Score, S = (Likelihood of
 Release x Waste Characteristics x
  Max values for LR = 550, Waste = 100,
   Targets = 150.
Cont’d Example 2
 To replicate in MIRA:
   Calculate relative weights for each of 3 factors.
   E.g. LR weight = (550/82,500)/(550/82,500 +
    100/82,500 + 150/82,500) = 0.691
   (LR) x 0.691 x (waste) x 0.124 x (targets) x
    0.185 (Fixed weights via HRS method)
   Likelihood of Release is designed to be the
    most important criterion in the HRS calculation
    method (69% vs. 12% vs. 18%).
 With MIRA, you can change weights if desired
  (and allowed by law).
HRS Calculation Example 3
           SGW  SSW  SS  SA
               2      2     2     2
 HRS =
 Max pathway score (S) = 100.
 HRS equation appears to weight all pathways
  equally BUT actually weights the pathway
  score that is highest most heavily (due to
 In MIRA: possible to replicate weights via
  above equation or use other weights.
Option 2: HRS Component analysis with
 What’s different about using HRS criteria in MIRA vs.
  just calculating HRS?
   Allows for transparency in seeing relative importance
      (weights) of all the criteria composing the HRS.
   Possible to use additional criteria (economic/ social) if
   Possible to use surrogate criteria if data required by
      HRS is not available.
 If law requires HRS method, using MIRA is not an
   BUT could use MIRA to inform other decisions.
MIRA Approach
 Step 1: Determine the decision question.
 Step 2: Brainstorm initial criteria.
 Step 3: Construct the analytical hierarchy for the
  decision question.
 Step 4: Address missing data.
 Step 5: Decide on decision’s unit of measure.
 Step 6: Index data (expert input).
 Step 7: Preference criteria (stakeholder value
 Step 8: Iterate; Learn.
Step 1: Formulating the Decision
Decision makers/stakeholders formulate
 the question that they want to answer and
 the criteria they think they need to answer
What are the problem set elements that
 you are analyzing/ranking?
  e.g. watersheds?, counties?, emission control
Step 2: Brainstorm Initial Criteria

Are data available for these criteria?
Are data available on the scale that you
  States?, Counties?, watersheds?, stream segments?
If not:
  Is another scale possible?
  Can surrogate data be used?
  Should this be identified for future data collection?
Step 3a: Construct the Decision
Provides decision context.
Forces stakeholders to assess whether
 they agree on the decision question that
 they want to answer.
Step 3b: Methodological thinking for
constructing the hierarchy
Should each criterion currently organized
 at each level of the hierarchy be directly
  E.g., Would you compare Arsenic in ground
   water with Ozone air quality? OR would a
   better comparison be Water (with groundwater
   under it) with Air (with Ozone under it)?
Step 4: Determine which criteria
have no/missing data
Possible alternatives to no data
  Health impact data – pollutant concentration – source
   emissions – number of sources?
  Data collected by volunteers/other organizations.
  Using similar data (from another program, etc.).
Possible alternatives to missing data
  Statistical analyses – e.g., multivariate analyses
  Data collected by volunteers/other organizations.
Note about previously constructed
What do these indicators indicate?
Is this meaningful in your current analysis?
Can better indicators for your analysis be
 constructed with currently available data?
Step 5: Deciding on the Decision’s
unit of measure
Depends on the decision question
  What is the condition of the watersheds in the
    Degree of degradation
  Which watersheds should be restored?
    Degree of restorability
   OR combine questions:
     Based on the condition of the watersheds and the
      restorability of the watersheds, which should we
     Motivation to restore
Step 6a: Indexing the data
Convert all criteria metrics to the decision
  Indexing = Relative comparison among the range of
   metric values on a decision scale; = unit converter
   (converts units of each criterion metric to the decision
Expert Input here
  What is the decision significance of the indicator
  Same indicator can have different signficance for
   another decision question.
Step 6b: Approach to Indexing the
 Use a decision scale of 1 to 8.
 Assumption: Each criterion is of equal value or
 BUT Metrics are not looked at independently.
 Task in indexing is to define what value of each
  criterion elicits the same response. Set these
  values to the same index.
  E.g., $1 million is a lot of money and 95 ppb of ozone is
   a high ozone level (on par with $1 mil) (they both elicit a
   “that’s a lot” response), so set them both to the same
Step 6c: Thinking about Indexing

Range of metric/indicator values? Type of
Double check: Compare values for criteria
 pairs – same significance?
Initialize; Change later if needed.
Step 7: Preferencing

All criteria are not equally important to the
 decision makers/stakeholders.
  Preferencing = Relative comparison of the
   importance of one criterion to other criteria.
Step 7b: Thinking about
Initialize by setting all criteria preferences
 to equal weights (i.e., all criteria equally
 important to the decision question within
 each level of the hierarchy). = Equal
 preference value set.
  Test different value sets
  Examine indexing
  Examine data – including quality assurance of
Step 8: Iteration

Test different value sets
Examine indexing
Examine data
Examine data uncertainty
Re-run analysis with different “what if”
Sulfur Deposition Raw Data    S_Dep Indexed

Phosphorus Loading Raw Data     P_Load Indexed
    P_Load and S_Dep Combined         80% P_Load, 20% S_Dep
    (equally important)

    S_Dep hot spot (NW PA)        Science significance
     determined to be more          stays the same.
     scientifically significant    Decision maker
     than P_Load hot spot           judgments alter priorities
     (Delmarva Peninsula).          but decision process is
Role of experts in MIRA
 Experts in all fields of study to discuss issues:
  Indicator Types; construction of appropriate
  Data* for indicators (existing, new)
  Missing data issues
  Scale of indicators/data
  Combining public health and ecological information
  Indexing data (determine relative significance of data)
Role of decision makers in MIRA
 Learn the impact of different value sets (i.e.,
  relative preference weights among decision
  criteria) on the decision options.
   Science remains constant.
 Examine/compare the results of different value
 Make a decision after being informed about the
  impacts of all the options examined.
   Build decision confidence.
   Provide documentation and rationale for decision.
MIRA different from other decision
support approaches…
 Hierarchy: represents decision question
 Indexing: Expert input = relative decision
  significance of the indicators
 Preferencing: Decision maker/stakeholder
  judgments = relative importance of the decision
  criteria for this decision.
 Relative contextual analysis.
 Illustrates what/where the tradeoffs are – as
  constrained by the data. – Learning.
MIRA References
 Cimorelli, A. and Stahl, C. (2005), BSTS 25(3): 1,
  “Tackling the Dilemma of the Science-Policy Interface in
  Environmental Policy Analysis.”
 Stahl, C.H. (2003), “Multi-criteria Integrated Resource
  Assessment (MIRA): A New Decision Analytic Approach
  to Inform Environmental Policy Analysis.” For the
  Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Delaware.
 Stahl, C. H. and Cimorelli, A. J. (2005), Risk Analysis
  25(5): 1109, “How Much Uncertainty is Too Much and
  How Do We Know? A Case Example of Ozone Monitor
  Network Options.”
Part III: Logic Model Outputs
               as MIRA Inputs
             Program prioritization
What do we get with LMs and MIRA?
 Integration of Data and Program Activities.
  Are we doing the right activities? – based on where the
   “worst” conditions are.
  Which activities have the greatest effect on the
   outcomes/impacts we seek? – based on which
   outcomes/impacts we value most highly AND the
   condition data.
  Which activities are dependent on which other
 Capability to prioritize program outcomes using
 Transparency
 Learning
Example Logic Models

Air Quality Monitoring Logic Model
Ozone Program Logic Model
Trace monitoring activity (certification of
 ozone air quality data) through Monitoring
 Logic Model outputs/outcome/impacts
  See Red text in following figure.
  Follow black boxes within Monitoring logic
   model in following figure.
Baseline            Stressors             Activities           Outputs                Outcomes          Impacts
O3 SIP Program:     O3 SIP Program        O3 Nonattainment     O3 Nonattainment
                    Stressors             Area Designations    Area Designations
                                                                                      O3 SIP Program    O3 SIP Program
O3 SIP               O3 SIP Program                                                   Outcome 2=  03    (Human Health)
Program                                                                                                 Impact 1 =
                    Stressor 4 = # Based on O3                 List of DVs for each   DV weighted
Baseline 1=                                                    NA area                               Human health
                    upwind areas monitor design                                       by sensitive
03 DV                                                                                                impacts from
                    designated     values, concur                                     population
weighted by                                                                                          O3 pollution
sensitive           attainment for with HQ on O3                                      (children,
population          O3.            design monitor                                     elderly, etc.)
(children,                         for each area.                                     MIRA
elderly, etc.)                                                                        Indicator
O3                  O3 Monitoring         Data Review for      Data Review for     Official O3
                    Program Stressors     official O3 DV for   official O3 monitor monitoring data:
Monitoring                                O3 monitor:          DV Output:          DV                   Monitored O3
Program:                                                                                                levels accurately
                    O3 Monitoring                                                      Data usable      represent true
                                                               Complete and
O3 Monitoring       program Stressor 1    Review states’                              for AQ            O3 levels for AQ
                                                               certified O3 AQ
Baseline 1 = need a = regulatory                                                      planning. A)      planning areas. –
                    requirement to
                                          certification of     data (no missing
metric for the                                                                                          Correlation
accuracy of the     certify O3 data and   O3 data (AQS         years, etc).           selection of O3
                                                                                                        coefficient between
monitoring network calculate O3 DV.       data prior to                               design monitor    monitored and
                                          official use).                              for R3 areas.     other estimation
                                                                                                        methods of O3?
Cont’d Ozone Logic Model

Show dependency of Ozone Program
 activity on Monitoring certification of data.
  See red underlined text in previous figure.
Trace Ozone program activity through to
 its outputs/outcomes/impacts.
  Follow red boxes in previous figure.
How does this connect to MIRA?
MIRA Indicator

Health indicator preferred but currently no
Use Ozone concentration weighted by
 population as surrogate for now.
 Logic models improve program understanding.
  Logic models provide connection between program
   activities and outcomes/impacts.
  If prioritization is desired, use as MIRA input.
 MIRA approach is compatible with use of many
  environmental, economic and social criteria.
  Use of HRS criteria possible in 2 different ways.
  Supports the use of surrogate data (using data that is
   readily available).
  MIRA allows transparency, learning, stakeholder

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