Step 2: Problem identification, assessment and prioritisation

At a glance

  • Step 2 of the Framework provides guidance on identifying, assessing and prioritising the problems that are preventing (or are likely to prevent) the goals and objectives defined in Step 1 from being achieved.
  • The purpose of this step is to:
    • Identify current and emerging problems
    • Demonstrate that these problems are a constraint on the achievement of the stated goals and objectives, and that reducing the problem results in benefits
    • Provide data-rich evidence of the problems, their scale and extent, their cause and effect, and their associated economic, social and environmental costs
    • Determine the priority of problems.
  • This step should result in clear statements of problems, and documented evidence of their scale, extent, costs, causes and priority.