Sitka Technology Group

Oregon APA & ISOCARP 53rd Annual Congress

Project Tracker Panel

Improving Multi-agency Program Transparency and Accountability via a Scalable Web Platform for Performance Measure Tracking
Presented:  Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Presenters:  Jeanne McNamara (Tahoe Regional Planning Agency), Brittany Jensen (Gold Ridge Conservation District), and John Henry Burns (Sitka Technology Group)
Moderator:  Matt Deniston (Sitka Technology Group)

Panel Overview
Launched in 1997, the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) is a partnership of federal, state and local agencies, private interests, and the Washoe Tribe. The EIP includes over 50 different agencies working together under one program, and they account for all program expenditures and accomplishments together. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) serves as the coordinator of the EIP data collection, performance measure reporting, and program accountability.

Prior to the launch of the EIP Project Tracker website in 2014, it was challenging for the public and national and state legislators to learn about the various taxpayer-funded EIP projects underway in the region. After the launch, the online platform quickly proved invaluable in improving data coordination, increasing transparency, and showcasing progress towards attaining compliance with environmental threshold standards.

Attendees of this talk will:

  • Gain behind-the-scenes information about what it took to launch this groundbreaking online resource.
  • Learn how California Resource Conservation Districts and a local coalition of Oregon watershed councils are leveraging significant EPA and TRPA investment to benefit their multi-agency programs.
  • Understand how other organizations can increase data collection efficiency and program transparency through shared open-source reporting tools.

Panel Chapters

YouTube Link | 8 minutes 49 seconds

Lake Tahoe EIP Project Tracker Overview
YouTube Link | 10 minutes

Technical Overview
YouTube Link | 9 minutes 3 seconds

California RCD Project Tracker Overview
YouTube Link | 7 minutes 25 seconds

Panel Q&A
YouTube Link | 45 minutes 8 seconds