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This information is intended to convey the underlying concepts for Reclamation's decision processes. It is not mandatory.
See the Reclamation Manual for official Reclamation-wide requirements.

Reclamation's Decision Process Guide

Reality Check


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The decision process is a dynamic beast, changing almost daily. Tailor your milestones to your task.

Reality checks are brief reviews of where you are and what you are doing. Team leaders need to do this before each meeting to ensure things are on track. Team members and decisionmakers can do this to catch problems before they get out of hand.

Most of the reality check can be done by phone or e-mail with key, knowledgeable individuals. This quick procedure can be used as an outline for oral reports and updates. Use this between full blown take stock analyses.

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  • With the decisionmakers to see if they understand where the process is. Are you proceeding on the right track?
  • With all participants to see if they are informed and have ample opportunities to be involved. Are they being heard?
  • With the community*definition to see if the needs you are addressing are still the needs that need to be met. Are you keeping up with the changes?
  • With the core team members to see if they have the tools and data they need for the analysis. Are there other avenues you need to explore? Are desires in tune with the budget ?


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Please contact Deena Larsen 303-445-2584 with questions or comments on this material.