These teams applied a consistent, risk-based framework using four different metrics to evaluate what is and isn’t known about the potential outcomes of adopting a specific policy in Nevada. The working groups completed this evaluation for 17 policies. Every attempt was made to analyze all of the specific policies, programs, and regulations outlined in the NDEP policy catalog. However, time, resources, and the realities of COVID-19 constrained the assessment’s comprehensiveness. Fortunately, this strategy is a living document and the working groups will continue evaluating options under current policies identified in the strategy and periodically reassess them, as well as evaluate new and emerging policies.
For each policy, the working group assigned a color-coded designation for each metric that indicates the current level of knowledge about outcomes expected should the policy be adopted in Nevada. A yellow designation does not necessarily mean that a policy is inappropriate for Nevada. Rather; it indicates that the current level of information and analysis for a given metric is highly uncertain or incomplete. Conversely, a dark green designation does not indicate that a policy is appropriate for Nevada; it indicates the current level of information and analysis for a metric has a high level of confidence or certainty.
This metric-based approach to policy evaluation is unique and appropriate for Nevada. It establishes a framework with specific metrics designed to track progress and policy impact, while informing future public policy discussions and choices.
The four metrics and the color-coded assessment guidance are briefly described below.