Developing a Collaborative Process
Monitoring drought, establishing triggers, and developing a response and mitigation plan requires involvement and collaboration from several different areas of expertise. It is important to include those managing and providing the data, often scientists and researchers, in this partnership as they understand the data and indices, and they are the most capable at continually monitoring drought conditions. In addition to providers of data, the users of the data and indices must also be present. The users of the data are likely the groups who are experiencing and responding to impacts. Finally, those who manage and write policy are essential for bridging the gap between the two other groups, by planning the actions triggered when an index crosses a certain threshold. Having all three parties involved in the selection of indices and development of the trigger points also helps during the onset of an event as all parties have some understanding of the data and have already agreed upon how it will be used.