Description: This guide covers the very first step in developing a formal action plan – defining goals, using the Sacramento River Basin as an example to illustrate points. It is vetted as excellent, but does contain some confusion about whether goals should be time-bound or not. Project goals should be, but desired future state (which is a goal) does not have to be. It does not have guidance on how to manage situation where there is insufficient data.
Full citation: Foundations of Success. (2013). Step 2A Develop a Formal Action Plan: Goals. Foundations of Success. Bethesda Maryland, USA.