Throughout all phases of the project a robust social and biophysical data collection process is being developed to evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement strategies and approaches in different physical, social, economic, and political contexts. Primary research methods include 1) a pre-and post-engagement data collection design in the six study locations; 2) assessing social/behavioral effects of stakeholder engagement at the individual, collective and institutional levels; and 3) assessing biophysical impact through changes in practice implementation and water quantity and quality parameters.
The project is currently developing four study locations in three project states. In each site we seek to build local capacity, provide technical assistance as appropriate, provide biophysical data consistent with study site priorities and help sites develop and implement their own engagement plans and other efforts to address their long-term water related needs. For more information on each state and site see Project Sites.