Table 5: MAST’s political dimension.

Political indicatorsMAST

Quantity and diversity of actors with some degree of power or influence over decision/outputRather than a top-down, hierarchy, MAST enabled all interested parties to contribute to decision making in collaborative fashion.

Actual formal decision-making power/actual not formal ability to influence decisions and outcomesMAST partners collectively informally influenced decisions that led to interagency actions by participating groups and entities.