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Assessing Socioeconomic Planning Needs (ASPN)

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

ASPN is a web-based software tool created by the Policy Analysis and Science Assistance branch within the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with multiple federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. ASPN provides a consistent framework for identifying and evaluating the nature and extent of potential social and economic issues specific to federal land management planning needs by leading the user through a structured set of sequential context-sensitive questions. From this input, ASPN determines a range of appropriate methodologies, as well as summarizes the relationship of stakeholders, issues, and available resources to those considerations. ASPN promotes the use of best science in the social and economic analysis components of the planning process.

Specifically, ASPN was designed to provide assistance in:

• Producing demographic and economic data reports for a given planning area;

• Thinking through multiple issues and stakeholders with limited resources and time;

• Documenting consideration of a standard list of possible social and economic issues associated with different stakeholder groups that could be impacted by a planning action;

• Understanding the range of applicable social and economic methods and analyses available to address issues that may result from a given planning action; and

• Estimating the time and resources associated with recommended methods and analyses, so that planners/project managers are better able to articulate requirements early in the planning process.


In this webinar, background information on the development of ASPN will be presented, along with a short demo of the program and a follow-up discussion related to the possibility of incorporating additional information specific to climate adaptation into future versions of the program.



Contact Information:

Lynne Koontz

Economist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center



Leslie Richardson

Economist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center



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