Because management needs often shift over time, monitoring efforts are not static. Likewise, careful examination of data gathered during a given monitoring effort may reveal shortcomings or gaps. The evaluation process is intended to identify issues and guide responsible modification of the ongoing monitoring process.
End of season implementation summary: The AIM Implementation Summary Template is intended to serve as the tool for documenting an end-of-season overview from each project. The summary provides the NOC with a detailed description of the timelines and process for each project. It is also a way to communicate lessons learned and take home messages. To help better understand each part of the AIM implementation process, we have broken down this summary into several components: planning and funding, design, training, data collection, QA and QC, storage, and analysis and reporting. We have also included a section on your experience working with AIM, as well as a general section at the end for comments or questions that we may have missed. The project lead should submit the AIM Implementation Summary Template to Sarah Burnett with the data turn-in after all data has been collected and QC’ed (fall/winter). We thank you in advance for your valuable input. If you do make changes to your monitoring design, be sure to also update your Monitoring Design Worksheet .
Planning for next year: Planning for the following year’s monitoring should begin in the fall (Figure 1). Possible tasks include: update and/or renew contract agreements, edit crew member position descriptions, contact the NOC/NAMC and your state lead with any updates including changes to the Monitoring Design Worksheet, put your funding requests for the following fiscal year into BPS, inventory equipment and think about purchasing needs for the following year, etc – see the Planning & Project Initiation page for more information.
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