SCIENCE AND EVALUATION OVERVIEW
Central to the science-based recovery of Puget Sound is the development and use of a shared system of measurement and evaluation that allows assessment of ecosystem health, implementation of recovery actions, and determination of how recovery efforts affect ecosystem conditions. The Puget Sound Partnership coordinates this assessment activity and summarizes findings in the State of the Sound report. Coordination and reporting help to hold us accountable to one another, convey the impacts of actions and investments, and provide the information that fuels adaptation of recovery efforts.
Evaluating the health of Puget Sound
The Puget Sound Partnership’s goals for ecosystem recovery relate to human wellbeing, species and food webs, habitats, water quantity, and water quality.
Are we achieving our goals? What is occurring in the system that might affect our ability to achieve these goals? Are recovery efforts producing the expected changes in the ecosystem?
Efforts to answer these questions and better understand the pressures and other factors that affect recovery are monitored by the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, which is coordinated by the Partnership. Learn more.
Evaluating actions to recover Puget Sound
Are actions being implemented as planned? Are requested funds provided for projects and activities? Do activities produce their expected products? The Puget Sound Partnership has developed tools and assessment approaches to answer these questions. Learn more.
2019 STATE OF THE SOUND
Every two years, the Partnership develops reports on the State of the Sound to summarize the findings from ecosystem monitoring program and the progress in implementing the Action Agenda. See the 2019 State of the Sound. Learn more.
SCIENCE BASIS OF RECOVERY
Scientific information guides the region’s work to design and carry out efforts to recover the Puget Sound ecosystem. Scientific processes help us understand how to proceed in the face of profound uncertainties about how the ecosystem responds to stresses and management interventions. The Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel and science & evaluation program provide guidance about how to apply scientific information and processes to foster ecosystem recovery. Learn more.