California Water (drought) issue – Problem Definition

Problem Definition Memorandum
In practice, when you are defining a problem for policy work, knowing your purpose matters as much as knowing your audience.

Goal: Ability to recognize problematic conditions and to define a policy problem they present. For a recognized problem, ability to define policy options and to offer criteria for decision.

Objective: Problem definition.


Scope: Individual or collective; local or broader in impact; well-known or unrecognized; widely discussed or little considered; past, present, or anticipated.

Strategy: Provide information necessary to your purpose (Smith, 2010, p. 33).