National P2 Results Data System
National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) Results Task Force
The Results Task Force was formed following the National OPPTS meeting in Boston in November 2003. Membership in the Task Force is comprised of representatives from State P2 programs, EPA Headquarters and Regions, P2 Resource Exchange Centers (P2Rx), and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). Their task was to develop a National Pollution Prevention Results Data System, which could be easily aggregated at the Regional and National levels.
The Task Force developed the following Vision and Purpose for a National P2 Results Data System:
The vision of the National P2 Results Data System (the System) is creation of an efficient and effective way for analyzing and presenting the results of pollution prevention (P2) for the regions and the entire country. This system would be based on data that is collected, managed, and synthesized by individual state and local programs, non-profits, companies, and other P2 organizations. The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) Regional Centers would aggregate P2 data for their regions and share this with NPPR and P2Rx for use in preparing a biennial report on the national progress of P2.
Underlying this framework is a general agreement among the participants on a core set of P2 measures - the Data Dictionary. These measures were compiled from several P2 data systems and include a range of outcome, behavior change, and activity metrics. They are not meant to be mandatory, and most likely, many P2 programs will only be able to report on some of these measures.
This proposed System is not designed to directly address each individual program's effectiveness; rather the focus is on the effectiveness of P2 overall, particularly the environmental, public health, and economic outcomes. A related goal is to enhance collaboration among the varied P2 programs in collecting and compiling useful measurement data to improve overall effectiveness of P2 strategies.
If you have further questions or comments about the NPPR Results Task Force or the National P2 Results Data System, please contact a Task Force Member or NPPR.