Coral Reef NOAA
 
August 22, 2014  

External Program Review


 
During the review, the Blue Ribbon panel spoke with CRCP stakeholders to hear their perspectives on the Program.
During the review, the Blue Ribbon panel spoke with CRCP stakeholders to hear their perspectives on the program. Photo Credit: NOAA CRCP

This page provides background and information on the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) External Program Review. The contents of this page are archives, as the External Program Review was completed in 2007.


Background on the External Program Review
Briefing Materials for Panelists
Agenda and Presentations
Federal Register Notice
Outcomes

Background Information on the External Program Review

To evaluate and improve the success of its efforts to understand and conserve coral reefs, the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) undertook a comprehensive external review of the Program. The purpose of the review was to:

The review took place in September 2007 and was conducted by a seven-member Blue Ribbon Panel of experts in natural resource science and management.

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Briefing Materials for Panelists

In preparation for the External Program Review, the CRCP created a comprehensive document that provides background on the CRCP and its activities. This document was provided to each of the panelists and is also available for download below.

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Agenda and Presentations

During the External Program Review, the CRCP provided presentations on each of the major goal areas of the Program. The presentations and the overall agenda are available for download below.

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Federal Register Notice

As part of this review, the CRCP requested input from stakeholders and partners via a Federal Register Notice (pdf, 46 kb). An independent contractor summarized all comments received in response to this request and provided them to the review panel. Because of volume of comments received, the CRCP was not able to individually respond to those who provided comments.

The CRCP was most interested in obtaining feedback based on the public’s interaction and experience with the Program. The CRCP sought input on the following questions:

  • Is the Program focusing efforts on the right suite of activities to advance coral reef conservation?

  • Are the Program’s efforts in various geographic areas appropriate to address the issues in each region?

  • Are the Program’s science and observation efforts (e.g., research, mapping, and monitoring) adequately addressing management needs, and informing and resulting in management actions?

  • Have the Program’s education and outreach efforts been effective in reaching the proper audiences?

  • Is the Program providing effective leadership and building useful partnerships to advance coral reef conservation?

  • How can the CRCP improve its impact and performance in the future?

The Public Comment period closed on July 19, 2007. A summary (pdf, 407 kb) of the comments received was created by an independent contractor.

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Outcomes

As part of their duties in the review, the Blue Ribbon Panel of experts created a document containing their recommendations for the CRCP. It is available for download below.

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CRCP Reprioritization