Statewide Data Confidence Guidelines
Complementing the Data Confidence Framework are the Data Confidence Guidelines, which have been developed for specific water quality parameters.
These parameter-specific guidelines were developed to identify minimum criteria for the four standards identified in the Framework.
The guidelines have been generated from our understanding of the range of monitoring equipment used by the Victorian Waterwatch network for different monitoring purposes.
Regional Waterwatch coordinators use the guidelines when developing regional Data Confidence Plans to identify the interest and capacities of their regional program. Determining how and where existing (and new) monitors fit within the new data confidence framework is made through discussions with monitors and a review of their monitoring objectives and plans.
This interactive process is important to ensure that a monitor's time and effort is appropriately reflected in their selected standard level. It also allows Waterwatch Coordinators to be clear about the needs and wants of a monitoring group they are supporting, particularly in terms of data availability and access.
Waterwatch Victoria Data Confidence Guidelines (pdf, 152 KB)