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How to Develop a Conceptual Models
Development of a CEM typically requires production of an initial draft, a one- or two-day workshop with the project delivery team and key agency personnel, and several days follow-up to revise and document the model. Large or controversial projects will require a greater investment of resources, including potential independent scientific review. The process can be summarized in the 7-Step Process below, but for more detail, refer to the technical notes, case studies, and tools referenced under Conceptual Models.
1. State the model objectives.
2. Bound the system of interest.
3. Identify critical model components within the system of interest.
4. Articulate the relationships among the components of interest.
5. Represent the conceptual model.
6. Describe the expected pattern of model behavior.
7. Test, review, and revise as needed.
Updated: May 2021