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Phase 3: Prepare Program

This phase is a time for you to make key decisions that will shape your ERP. You will lay out the parameters and timeframe for the program, as well as begin to think about who within your agency will be implementing it.

Identify Target Universe

The target universe comprises all of the facilities in your sector that you think match the qualifications you determined in Phase 1 for participation in your ERP.

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Select EBPIs and Create Inspector Checklist

The Environmental Business Practice Indicators (EBPIs) represent the core indicators of environmental performance that you wish to measure. The inspector checklist is the primary means of collecting information about facility performance, including EBPIs. Both the EBPIs and inspector checklist should be developed in tandem with the statistical methodology. In addition, the inspector checklist should inform development of the self-certification form, described in Phase 4.

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Devise Statistical Methodology

The statistical methodology will delineate the statistical capabilities and limitations of your program. The statistical methodology should be developed in tandem with the data collection tools. The statistical methodology has implications not only for data collection tools, but also for the inspection strategy and schedule, as well as how you can interpret program results. For example, the statistical methodology will set the stage for the types of conclusions you can draw from your analysis of ERP data, and the level of confidence you can have in your results.

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Develop Data Management Capabilities

The way that you will process data will affect the way that you collect data and vice-versa. Creating a data management plan will help you consider different options for managing and automating data collection, storage, analysis and reporting.  It is important to realize the implications of decisions made at this step; some choices you make now may have implications for future development of your ERP program. For example, if you think you want to use optical scanning in the future to automate data entry, you should design self-certification forms now to enable optical scanning. Likewise, make sure your data is stored in a database format that can be easily expanded if you expect the program to grow over time.

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Develop Data Evaluation Plan

The data evaluation plan considers what you will do with the data you collect through inspections and the self-certification process.

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Phase 3: Stakeholder Involvement

Internal stakeholders are particularly important in this phase. Internal groups can assist in developing the target universe, providing feedback on the EBPIs and inspector checklist, and planning for data management and analysis.

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