Recorded Webinar for New Users
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The Fisheries Governance Tool has been developed to help individuals evaluate their fisheries governance systems. This template will allow the user to enter data through an “Enter Data” screen and visualize outputs from their data entries.
As you get to the tool, once you download it, we an overview page that will provide general context of how the tool should be used and how it works. The “Quick Start Instructions” are going to provide an overview of all the various tabs imbedded in the worksheet.
At the end of the worksheet, you'll find additional valuable tabs that explain how the scoring is done within the tool (“Scoring Guide”), the option to “Set Targets”—as you evaluate your fisheries system you may choose to set optional targets that you are hoping to achieve and then evaluate against those targets—a “Glossary” that will provide definition for terminology used throughout the tool. “References” tab and “Fisheries” tab are both input tabs that allow the user to track the references used to evidence a score and to detail the fisheries that are scored under the tool.
All tabs in blue are recognized as data entry tabs, and the tabs in green are going to be those tabs in which you envision your results. If we go to the “Start Here,” you'll see right away that the tool is enabled with dummy data. We included data in here to allow the user to explore the potential outputs that are visualized in the tool.
In order to start, you're going to want to detail the jurisdiction in which you’re working in, whether a country or a region, and the fisheries that are the target of your evaluation to provide that on the ground performance as it equates back up to the policy and capacity of the jurisdiction.
In order to start, you need to clear the dummy data. So, you’ll select “Update with My Data” and that will provide a clear workbook for you to begin entering data in. As you scroll down the steps, you’ll have options to set your targets and, if you use the assessment over subsequent years, you’ll have options to add records.
As you enter into the “Enter Data” tab, you’ll see the options to filter the year, the jurisdiction if you choose to score multiple jurisdictions, the fishery, the measure that you're scoring against and the scoring level of that measure. What I suggest as you enter into this, is you select an individual component at a time. Selecting an individual component will narrow the initial scope of your assessment to just the measures within that component. So, the tool contains over 200 measures and it's going to be much more manageable on your first go to reduce the number of measures you're considering at a single time.
Each page is going to have an option to select and view instructions for that page, if it will help the user understand the roles that need to be taken on the page. In this case, all of the columns with the yellow are going to be where you enter in your data; you have dropdown menus to select whether the measure is ‘in part;’ you’re required to enter a “Narrative” that will provide the evidence to justify the score that you assigned the measure; a “Data Quality” score which provides an extra layer of credibility to the narrative and the score the you’ve assigned—the data quality scoring runs from one to four and you can find detail on that in the “Scoring Guide;” and then the “References” from which the information in the narrative hails—and again, these reference numbers should be tracked in the “References” tab.
Once you’ve completed your evaluation under all of these various components, you have the opportunity to view the score. Again, we have instructions that will pop up to orient you to what we're looking at on the page. These visual outputs provide a means to look across how the data you’ve entered are summarized, but they should not limit your interpretation of the information.
At this first “Summary” tab, we're looking at the Component level. This is a valuable understanding of a high level take of how far your fishery has progressed against targets, if you've designated those. If you haven't designated those, it's critically important to recognize that the goal of this evaluation is not for every jurisdiction to achieve 100 percent. There is contextual importance in each of these that needs to be recognized.
You can scroll through the Policy, Capacity, and Fisheries scores to get a sense of how they’ve met the measures, and how the scoring has been done according to where the data has been entered. As you scroll along, the “Jurisdiction Scorecard” is going to give you a slightly more detailed look. Again, you can select all components or individual components, and this is showing you progress at the performance area level. So, we're looking now one level down from the component to look at those topics that are embedded within each component.
This recognizes the status, both at the component level—across all components—and at the individual performance levels in relation to targets, if they've been set. In this manner, you can again filter for the jurisdiction you're interested in. If you've scored multiple jurisdictions, select the components of interest. And where you've scored multiple years, you can choose to alternate between those years.
Another feature of this particular page is it will highlight particular strengths and weaknesses within various component levels, at various measures. So, here the strengths are recognized as basic and adequate measures that have been met, and the weaknesses are where those measures have not been.
In the “Indicator Scorecard,” we've drilled one more level down again. So, you can select to look at an individual performance area. And within that performance area, you can see where your particular jurisdiction or multiple jurisdictions have scored across the various measures within the indicators.
And in our “Fisheries Results” page—again, we have an instructions option and filters to narrow in on the area of interest—we are able to look across the various fisheries that are scored under the tool. The fisheries serve to provide the opportunity to see how the policy and capacity are functioning on the ground, and through the tool you want to select a variety of fisheries that are going to represent the system in a whole. We can see all the various fisheries together and highlight an individual one to see how that particular fishery is scoring. And we’ll be able to have a look over time as performance may or may not have changed as you enter multiple years of data. And for that individual fishery, we have the ability to look across the performance areas and see how the fishery is, or isn't, scoring well in relation other fisheries in that jurisdiction.
Again, these outputs are the outputs that are coupled with the tool, but they should not limit the interpretation of the data. Much of the individual findings are going to be embedded within the narrative but might not be picked up in these outputs.
And then as mentioned, we have the ability to set target. As you go through the various filters you can set a target that you would like to be achieved—whether a particular measure is of interest to be achieved or not. This needs to be done independent of the assessment underway. And then you can track the references so that you're able to evidence the narrative provided and list the fisheries that are included within the evaluation tool.