Prospective Methods for Assessing Environmental Inspection Programs

2013 EENP Forum

Day 3: Sept 24, 2013 • 1:00pm-2:15pm • Great Hall

By Mark Braza, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Michael Krafve, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Environmental evaluations often retroactively assess program effectiveness but rarely prospectively determine programs’ optimal effectiveness, a task that is particularly important with environmental inspection programs. This session describes a general method for determining optimal effectiveness and uses it to assess inspections of oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mark Braza is a Senior Research Methodologist for Natural Resource and Environment issues the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He designs policy research studies of natural resource and environmental protection programs using both quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis and simulation models, and qualitative methods, including survey research. He was formerly a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He holds an M.S. in Policy Analysis from Carnegie Mellon University, where he focused on quantitative methods, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Maryland where he focused on environmental planning and geospatial analysis. Michael Krafve is a Senior Analyst for Natural Resources and Environment Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He conducts evaluations of natural resource and environmental protection programs, employing a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a graduate degree in public policy from the University of Wisconsin.


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