The best way to determine if an EM application has the capability to increase productivity, improve data capture, provide necessary reporting tools like trending and, ultimately, reduce the compliant risks inherent in a paper-based environmental monitoring system may be by letting the application speak for itself. Perhaps the best way to accomplish that is to conduct a proof of concept (POC) study, where the application is installed and locations, sample plans and sample types are created per the potential users’ SOP and include workflows that allow EM managers to work with the application for a set period of time, gathering metrics and noting procedural efficiencies as compared to the existing paper-based system. That will likely provide the best evidence that the application will add value, reduce error and mitigate resource sapping manual procedures. This approach also provides confidence that the EM application meets the needs of users responsible for managing and executing the EM program including the application’s ability to adapt precisely to the specified workflow.

For more information on this topic, read The State of Environmental Monitoring: Avoiding the Dire Risks of a Poorly Executed Program white paper.