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Enabling Continual Improvement

For the purposes of the FbD program, we define research and monitoring as two related but distinct areas of inquiry. While both are focused on acquiring new knowledge, research is characterized as the systematic, theoretically-informed collection and analysis of data (usually in a discrete focused study). In slight contrast, monitoring is the act of systematically measuring selected metrics to evaluate change over time, often after implementing an intervention to evaluate the degree to which desired or predicted outcomes are observed. Monitoring is also an integral part of adaptively managing programs and projects.

In the context of FbD, research and monitoring is inclusive across all domains of natural and social sciences relevant to integrated floodplain management.

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Joseph Pavel
Skokomish River

“We can’t do it all ourselves, even if we could we wouldn’t want to because this is something we need to share. We are optimistic, I am optimistic.”