We support stakeholders through a ten step process to create a River Awareness Kit individually tailored to their needs.

Creating a river awareness kit?
This 10 step process is customized to institutional capacities of the River Basin Organisation, but a River Awareness Kit is typically created through the following steps:

1) INCEPTION
Initiation by the transboundary River Basin Organisation, including initial communication about the process with stakeholders through workshops, or distribution of background information about River Awareness Kits

2) DESKTOP RESEARCH
Gathering of background information about the river basin to inform the development of an initial information architecture (or table of contents), often informed by discussions with the RBO with respect to geographic, thematic and institutional priorities

3) USER NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Presentation on the concept of the River Awareness Kit, followed by a participatory process to discuss and shape the information architecture to meet the needs of basin stakeholders. This is usually conducted in each basin-state, and unified into a single output. These meetings are often used to identify and source key literature and media that will assist with content development

4) FINALISATION OF THE INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE
Approval of the finalised information architecture by the River Basin Organisation and core/primary stakeholders

5) IMPLEMENTATION OF A CONTENT MANAGED SYSTEM
The information architecture is implemented in a web-based content management system

6) CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Using the baseline and background information, literature and media that has been gathered and supplied by stakeholder, content is developed to populate the pages of the River Awareness Kit within the content management system

7) DEVELOPMENT OF INTERACTIVE FEATURES
Development of interactive features ‐ the static, text and graphical content can be supported by more interactive features that assist with the communication of key issues through engaging visual and thematic tools. A ‘Beta’ version of the River Awareness Kit is created

8) TESTING, VALIDATION AND REVIEW
Thorough testing of the Beta version by user groups, as well as validation of the information contained within the River Awareness Kit. The reviewers are selected by the River Basin Organisation to provide oversight on content

9) PUBLISHING
An updated and finalised River Awareness Kit is published online and packaged into a CD-ROM. Following approval, the online version is hosted by the River Basin Organisation where it can be viewed by the public

10) LAUNCH
A final important step is the formal launch of the River Awareness Kit by the River Basin Organisation. This is an important event and stakeholders and media are invited