The Resource Evaluation and Assessment Division’s Social Sciences Branch (SSB) in the NOAA Northeast region is preparing for an external review in 2017 to evaluate its programs alignment between the strategic objectives of SSB, NEFSC, NMFS, and NOAA. In previous SSB and NEFSC wide reviews, much attention has been drawn to the data and data architecture used by the Branch. It is anticipated that one major focus of the 2017 review is to examine the potential that SSB could better meet its objectives if reorganized into management, research, and data groups instead of its current undivided structure.
To obtain a preliminary idea of how such an organizational change might affect SSB activities from the data perspective, we examine how data currently flows through the branch and its eventual impact upon future management decisions. Using the catch share management program as an example, we examine the data requirements necessary to monitor the economic effects through the creation of performance indicators. In addition, thought is given to the configuration and design of our long-term data collection program.