The Five Focus Groups and Their Reports: A Rich Set of Ideas
Based on brainstorming with several groups of alumni, the EPA Alumni Association’s project committee formed five focus groups on different related topics (described below) and invited EPA alumni to volunteer for them. Ultimately, about 60 alumni from all parts of the agency participated (about a dozen on each focus group). Each group met in Spring and Summer 2018, and produced a short report, including a variety of the group’s own priorities and recommendations.
The reports address many important aspects of future directions for environmental progress and EPA’s role. They contain a rich set of ideas, reflecting the considerable and varied experience of the individuals who wrote them. The reports overlap somewhat in their coverage and do not address every aspect, reflecting the fact that they were done relatively independently. To make them most readable, they are relatively short (5-10 pages each), which also means that they are intentionally “broad brush.”
The reports make many significant points, including the following:
It is important to note that these reports, facilitated and made public by the EPA Alumni Association, were developed by Focus Groups composed of individual alumni. The views expressed, including priorities and recommendations, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association or its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors did not review or comment on these Focus Group reports. These documents have not been peer-reviewed.
The themes and focus group topics are as follows:
Theme 1: What will be the future challenges for achieving environmental progress?
Focus Group 1: Future Environmental Challenges
Theme 2: What should be the model by which the U.S. and EPA address future challenges for achieving environmental progress?
Focus Group 2: The “Environmental Protection Enterprise” and EPA’s Role
Focus Group 3: EPA’s Relationship with States and Other Public and Private Actors
Theme 3: What will EPA need to do its job?
Focus Group 4: Science, Technology and Information
Focus Group 5: EPA Tools, Processes, Culture and Resources
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