These guidelines acknowledge that it is difficult to gather support for and then prosecute actions that are disruptive to the status quo and requiring considerable public investment. It is stressed that planning the water data reform journey is every bit as challenging as implementing the reforms themselves. Accordingly, these guidelines conclude with a recommended series of steps to get started in reforming water data management arrangements. Guidance is provided for (1) taking stock of current policy settings, (2) preparing the case for reform, (3) positioning for effective implementation and (4) championing the reforms.

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