About the Strategy Review System
The Strategy Review System (SRS) runs on two-year cycles. Each cycle begins with a two-day Review Meeting and includes seven Quarterly Progress Meetings. The Quarterly Progress Meetings provide regular opportunities for pre-defined “cohorts” of workgroups and Goal Implementation Teams (GITs) to report their progress to the Management Board, explain their challenges and request action or assistance. In turn, the Management Board reviews progress toward each of the outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and supports necessary adaptations to the partnership’s work.
The Chesapeake Bay Program relies on documenting the Strategy Review System process through three documents: the Logic & Action Plan, the Narrative Analysis and the Presentation. These documents inform Quarterly Progress Meetings and summarize specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.
While developing the documents for their Quarterly Progress Meeting, cohorts are encouraged to consider science needs to advance the Chesapeake Bay Program’s efforts to achieve each outcome. Cohorts identify and update needs for the CBP Science Needs Database, a tool to track science needs, the first step of the Strategic Science and Research Framework (SSRF). The SSRF is an on-going, repeatable process that helps the partnership coordinate, track, assess, prioritize and resource the short- and long-term science needs identified through the SRS and advance Chesapeake restoration and conservation efforts.
The Review Meeting, marking the beginning of the two-year cycle, and the subsequent Quarterly Progress Meetings are shown on the timeline below. To view the full meeting schedule and deadlines for documents, visit the Meetings and Deadlines page.
After the signing of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, GITs developed Management Strategies describing the steps necessary to achieve each of the agreement’s outcomes. The Management Strategies provide broad, overarching direction and are further supported by Strategy Review System documents: the Logic & Action Plan, the Narrative Analysis and the Presentation. These three key documents inform Quarterly Progress Meetings and summarize specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success:
Logic & Action Plan: Illustrates the link between the factors that could impact the partnership’s ability to achieve an outcome and the actions it is taking to manage them. It also articulates what the partnership expects to achieve by taking those actions.
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Narrative Analysis: Indicates whether the partnership’s assumptions about an outcome have changed and whether its actions are having their intended effect. It describes whether new information will impact what the partnership is doing to achieve an outcome and recommends adaptations or course corrections.
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Presentation: Summarizes the information in the Logic & Action Plan and Narrative Analysis, as well as any changes the workgroup anticipates making to its Management Strategy. It supports a GIT’s request for action, support or assistance.
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Steps to Take
Below are the steps that the Management Board, GITs and workgroups will follow to prepare for, participate in and act after their quarterly progress meetings.