Evaluation of utility of NIDIS’s first drought early warning system (DEWS) to provide lessons for other regional DEWS efforts
This project entailed the development a comprehensive evaluation for the National Integrated Drought Information System Upper Colorado River Basin Drought Early Warning System (UCRB DEWS). PI completed scoping interviews with UCRB DEWS personnel, semi-structured interviews with sample of UCRB DEWS stakeholders, archival research, collection of analytics of webinar and web page use, and development of a comprehensive online survey of DEWS services and products. The survey was designed to be transferrable to other DEWS locations and programs. In process of finalizing first draft of evaluation report. PI also used this project for ongoing consultation on the development of a ‘Mid-Level Climate Services Evaluation Tool’ with the International Research Institute’s Climate and Society Program at Columbia University. Beta-tested this ‘mid-level tool’ with the evaluation project conducted for the National Integrated Drought Information System Upper Colorado River Drought Early Warning System. Feedback has been provided to IRI and collaboration continues with group to revise the tool.
Report to NIDIS in late 2014