What is systematic planning?

Systematic planning is a planning process that is based on the scientific method and includes concepts such as objectivity of approach and acceptability of results. Systematic planning is based on a common sense, graded approach to ensure that the level of detail in planning is commensurate with the importance and intended use of the work and the available resources. This framework promotes communication between all organizations and individuals involved in an environmental program. Through a systematic planning process, a team can develop acceptance or performance criteria for the quality of the data collected and for the quality of the decision.

The recommended systematic planning tool is called the 7-Step DQO Process.