March 24, 2008

After-Easter Update

Posted in Assignments, Updates tagged , , , , at 5:43 am by maf

I apologize for a week-long silence – I’ve been buried in an avalanche of evaluative reading on several fronts.  Part of this reading avalanche has been the Selection Policies.  Progress has been made, but I still have a long way to go.

Something I have accomplished: the Order Tags are now done. As you finish up your Order Draft this week, don’t be concerned with these too much, if at all – but I’m happy to have these ready for you.

Now to close with some Q&As regarding the Drafts:

Q: What does “Provide an active link to the appropriate policies” mean?

A: You may either reference your Selection Criteria (especially) and any other parts of the Selection Policy that come into play directly, and/or provide a web link to where that policy might be found (like on your assignment page). This is an expectation for the Order, not necessarily for the Draft.

Q: Procedures and Processing Checklist:  Are both of these the same thing?  Do we need to discuss procedures in the top of the document when we are going to document them with the Processing Checklist near the end?   

A: The Processing Checklist should become a genuine tool you can use in future.  It will likely reflect most of the procedures that I expect to see applied in this whole project.
I don’t believe this is of much concern in this draft, since components are mostly not expected to be complete.  For the Order, we will take them wherever we find them. I’m not expecting to see “extra'” sections to explain procedures. Most will appear in your Processing Checklist or elsewhere.

Q:  “New materials promoted”:  Could this appear only in the Procedures section and in the presentation to the Media Committee or do we need to discuss them up top too?

A: This is an important procedure to include, and it can appear on your Checklist or elsewhere.