Title

Administrative Capacity Baseline Evaluation Criteria Design for U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Indian General Assistance Program

Date of Award

8-24-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Barron Douglas Farquhar

Keywords

administrative capacity; baseline evaluation criteria; capacity; criteria; Environmental Protection Agency; evaluation criteria; General Assistance Program; Indian; tribe

Abstract

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 lacks baseline evaluation criteria to assess administrative capacity within General Assistance Program (GAP) funded tribal environmental programs to ensure accountability and results. Academic literature on performance evaluation and management systems were analyzed to determine the most appropriate evaluation process. Selected EPA tribal continuing programs guidance and Federal grants management rules were synthesized to distinguish patterns in administrative activities by specific management indicators. The results were used to develop evaluation criteria that identify core administrative management functions necessary for successful GAP grant management. Further, to accommodate the variability in tribal programs, the criteria contain questions for Region 8 Project Officers to ask in accessing a tribe's administrative capacity.

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