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Phase 1: Define Program

Program definition is an opportunity for you to set the course of your ERP, and to clarify what benefits you hope the program will generate for the environment, your agency, and the regulated community. In this phase, you will make your first decisions about your program design, including the sector you will target.

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Clarify ERP Opportunity

During this phase, think about the reasons that you want to start an ERP. Being clear about what is driving your ERP efforts will help you define program goals. It will also help guide your decisions, and help you make difficult choices at each stage in your ERP planning.

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Select ERP Sector

This steps presents questions and resources to guide your thinking in selecting a target sector for ERP. It may work well to tentatively pick a few promising sectors and then gather additional information and feedback from selected stakeholders before making a final decision.

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Define Program Goals/Vision

In this step you will consider what you want ERP to accomplish, and what would make the program a success.

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Phase 1: Stakeholder Involvement

It is very important to have support and feedback from your agency's senior management and program staff at the beginning of ERP development. ERP may represent a very different way of operating for your agency, and so securing internal commitment to ERP can help reduce later challenges by ensuring that your ERP is well planned and consistent with agency objectives. Consulting with EPA can also generate insights and support for your program. In general, an inclusive approach to program development increases the changes of your ERP's success.

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