Wizards are used in software and on websites to guide users step-by-step through a process. The CRAFT Wizard is found in your Project Portal. The CRAFT Wizard:
- Can be used as a tutorial to learn the process and background material.
- Provides detailed guidance for planning teams so their risk assessments include clear objectives, robust alternatives, sophisticated modeling of effects and syntheses that are useful for decision makers.
Users of the CRAFT Wizard
The following CRAFT users will find the Wizard useful:
- First-time visitors to CRAFT will find the Wizard useful to go through all of the steps in the comparative risk assessment process.
- Novice planning teams will use the systematic process of requesting and documenting information. Both novice and experienced teams can benefit from the Wizard in the same way that experienced pilots always use checklists: there is much to remember and the Wizard can help ensure that major points are not neglected.
- An experienced team may want to use the CRAFT Wizard in conjunction with CRAFTiPedia, an encyclopedic application with definitions and additional resources, to go more rapidly through the process.
The CRAFT Wizard provides questions and editable/savable forms to assist in recording, tracking and storing the products of the team's efforts. Some optional forms simply provide a convenient location to document consideration of issues. Other forms are more important to complete because they record information you will use in later steps.
How to use the Wizard
There are four benefits to the Wizard:
- Quickly learn the features of CRAFT by taking the team through the questions in the Wizard's order.
- Push the team to develop preliminary answers by moving rapidly through the questions for each stage. Later your team will go back through the information-related questions to see what information needs to be collected.
- Have the team record their answers and "do their homework" individually or in small groups. The team would then re-assemble to review and reconcile differences in these answers and synthesize. This method also facilitates collaboration with members of stakeholder groups.
- Try going through all of the steps with a simple problem and use a reduced set of alternatives before addressing a complex problem.