Evaluation of Western Water Assessment’s “Utah Model”


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Primary Investigators
E. McNie

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This project examines what WWA calls the ‘Utah Model’ (directly hiring a boundary professional to expand WWA's geographic reach) and how this alternative approach to the traditional university-based model expanded WWA's network and provided climate-related decision-support activities in novel ways. As with many RISA activities, the Utah Model is a work in progress, so findings are rather limited at this time. Furthermore, our sample size of stakeholders is very small so this case study should be viewed as the starting point for discussions about the role of RISAs within a broader decision-support community.

McNie, E. (2014). The Utah Model Report. WWA Report.

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