Phase 1

Step 1.03 , Decision Support Document

Purpose

The Decision Support Document informs decision-makers on deciding if the Water Fund should proceed to the Design Phase. This document provides related recommendations and conditions for moving ahead. 


Key Ideas

Building upon the Situation Analysis, the Decision Support Document provides the following:

  • A Go / No-Go Recommendation

    The document should provide a recommendation if the Water Fund should or should not move ahead to the Design Phase. The results of the Situation Analysis should help inform if the Water Fund is deemed 'feasible' in terms of both it's ability to help address the identified water security issues and it's likelihood to succeed. This may include specific conditions that must be addressed in moving ahead to the Design Phase.
  • A clear articulation of the water security challenges and the magnitude of these problems (to the extent known)

    The document should provide a clear articulation of the water security challenges and the magnitude of these problems (to the extent they are known).
  • A clear articulation of the potential Water Fund contributions/interventions that could help improve water security in the region.

    The document should provide a clear articulation of the potential Water Fund contributions and interventions that could help improve water security in the region.

Key Questions addressed in the Decision Support Document

  • Go / No-Go Recommendation

    • Is the recommendation for the Water Fund to proceed to the next phase (Design)?

    • Which considerations are important to bring forward to decision-makers in terms of the physical setting and scope? 

    • What arguments support the recommendation in terms of identified challenges? 

    • What assumptions underlay the recommendation?

  • SWOT Analysis

    • Given the current conditions, what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the Water Fund?

  • Conditions

    • What conditions must be met before the Water Fund can proceed? (e.g. conditions related to identified weaknesses and/or threats)

  • Feasibility Considerations

    GOVERNANCE

    • What organizations and groups should be involved in the Design Phase?

    • Decision-making: is there an advisory panel that could be convened to help guide this determination of feasibility?

    SCIENCE

    • What is the current state of knowledge within the project area? 

    • Are there major information gaps that need to be filled before a decision about feasibility can be made?

    FINANCE

    • What is the total cost estimate for completing the Design Phase? 

    • As a very high-level ballpark estimate, what is the potential total cost of developing the Water Fund? 

    • Who might value the interventions the Water Fund is proposing?

    • Do conditions necessitate investment into further analysis of stakeholders' willingness to pay? (e.g. for political leverage)

    IMPLEMENTATION

    • Who will design the Water Fund?

    • What considerations related to the implementation of interventions are important to highlight for decision-makers?

    COMMUNICATIONS

    • What is our ‘elevator pitch’ for the Water Fund?

    • Who should the contents of the feasibility documents and its recommendations be shared with?

  • Challenges and potential interventions

    • What are the key challenges the Water Fund will help address?

    • What is the magnitude of those challenges?

    • What interventions might the Water Fund implement to help address those challenges?

SHOULD WE PROCEED TO THE DESIGN PHASE?

  • Go or No-Go Decision?

    Alejandro Calvache, TNC • Key idea: what is the problem and can a WF help?

  • Enabling conditions

    Daniel Shemie, TNC • What types of enabling conditions indicate we should proceed?

Examples

Latin America:


North America: