IEP Program Governance

IEP seeks to learn from past experiences, identify improvements, and transparently implement, monitor, document, and adaptively manage all changes to the program. More information on how the IEP is governed and organized can be found in the program documents:

  • Strategic Plan
  • Governance Framework
  • Organizational Chart

Additional strategic planning documents (e.g., Annual Work Plan, IEP Science Strategy, and Guiding Principles) can be found on the Annual Work Plan page under our Science, Synthesis & Service section.

How IEP Accomplishes Collaborative Science

Collaborative Science Leadership for the Bay-Delta

  • Serve as the interagency core of a collaborative Bay-Delta aquatic science network with a focus on Bay-Delta aquatic ecology but coordinated within the full watershed;​
  • Provide a scientific foundation for planning and management decisions through best available science and strong partnerships with other agency, university, and stakeholder science programs;​
  • Work with the Delta Science Program to identify, track, and explain Bay-Delta science status and needs simply and cogently; and​
  • Inspire, engage and foster objective leadership and sponsor independent peer review of key management issues including identification and strategies to address scientific uncertainty.

Science Collaboration, Coordination, and Integration

  • Integrate IEP’s roles and responsibilities with other programs and plans, including the Bay Delta Habitat Conservation Plan and Delta Plan as appropriate;​
  • Collaborate with other agencies and programs to maximize the effective and efficient application of funds, equipment, personnel and expertise to meet scientific information needs for regulatory compliance, management and planning; and​
  • Help sponsoring agencies to adaptively manage and integrate monitoring and studies to meet compliance, planning, and management needs, and to reduce uncertainties.​

Relevant, Responsive, and Adaptive Science

  • Engage decision makers to help them identify high priority science needs and collaborate on science initiatives responding to high priority management needs;​
  • Respond to urgent needs with staged responses (time vs. quality) to maximize benefits;​
  • Periodically review the IEP program and program elements to ensure focus and direction remain relevant;​
  • Adaptively manage long-term programs and be alert to new events and trends;​
  • Consider decisions in context of current, transitional and the future paradigms;​
  • Build on what’s “good” and keep it relevant into the future; and​
  • Ensure processes and business practice cycles are timely, documented and regularly reviewed.

Objectivity, Inclusiveness, Consistency, Continuity and Transparency

  • Involve stakeholders and seek robust, constructive engagement and collaboration;​
  • Seek balanced and inclusive funding partnerships, including private entities;​
  • Document and manage by agreed upon priorities;​
  • Follow described governance, work planning and decision making processes;​
  • Share and learn from peer and independent scientific review of IEP projects and products;​
  • Communicate clearly, timely, and relevantly.

Governance Documents

Strategic Plan

The IEP Strategic Plan (PDF) defines and provides insight to the IEP's vision, mission, values, and overarching goals and strategies. It also provides a framework for action-oriented plans and projects to achieve IEP's vision.

Governance Framework

The IEP Governance Framework (PDF) documents and standardizes governance processes and responsibilities for implementing IEP's vision and mission.

Organizational Chart

The IEP Organizational Chart (PDF) provides a visual display of the various IEP components and how they are linked.