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VIII. REVIEW GOALS

In GIS it is easy to get lost among the technical trees and lose sight of the forest. After estimating the costs of your plan, review and, if needed, revise the initial goals you set. Your goals should describe how you want the GIS to function in and contribute to your unit of government and the public that it serves. Perhaps you will call them vision or mission statements rather than goals, but there should be navigational landmarks to help you keep your implementation effort on track. Once these are set, the next step is to plan the means for their accomplishment. A statement of these goals should be at the head of your implementation plan when you write it.

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IX. SET REALISTIC OBJECTIVES

You have thus far determined your GIS needs, the GIS requirements to satisfy them, and the costs of these requirements. Now you must reconcile needs and costs. How important is each need to achieving your goals? Which are critical and which merely 'nice to have'? Which will cost more than they are worth? Are there any conflicts between these needs or between the kinds of GIS implementations needed to satisfy them? This is the point where you will streamline, rationalize and prioritize your needs list. You will then use your list to formulate specific objectives for your GIS that are in balance with your resources and will realize your goals.

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