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A process for defining goals

Steps in the process

Again, this step can be successfully accomplished through two sub-steps:

Step 1: Collaborative identification of the goals

Step 2: Further development of the goals based on the outputs from Step 1

Step 1: Initial collaborative identification of the goals

This step can be successfully accomplished through a collaborative workshop involving the SAP Development team supplemented with additional specialists if the Project Manager considers that it has too narrow a focus. An example of a workshop for defining goals is given here.

Prior to the workshop, the Project Manager and key SAP Development Team members will need to draft a list of provisional goals together with approximate timeframes, including information on which priority transboundary problem(s) to which they are linked.

It is likely that this workshop will represent the second of 6 workshops that could be run during the first SAP meeting. As described earlier, this will depend on the time, funds and human resources available for the task and it may be necessary to divide the workshops over two or three meetings.

Step 2: Further development of the goals based on the outputs from Step 1

It is highly probable that the outputs from this workshop will only provide a starting point for the development of more finalised goals. At the very most, it will produce a comprehensive list of potential draft goals, linked to transboundary problems (and possibly the causal chain analysis and governance analysis), with approximate time frames.

The purpose of this step is to finalise the goals. However, this is best accomplished after the workshops focussing on: Brainstorming innovative ideas and opportunities to meet the goals; and Strategising the New Ideas, Opportunities and Solutions – Identifying Alternatives as all 3 steps are closely linked.