Objective 4: Evaluation of the Model Success and Limitations
The final step in the research approach involves evaluating the practicality and accuracy of the model. This is done by closely examining the proposed network routes and using human intuition to ensure that the routes make logical sense. If there are sections of the network that seem to run an inefficient route or fail to connect all sites, the model will require some adjusting. This step will also include the process of observing the differences between the networks depending on which budgetary scenario is used.
As long as the model operates as intended, it will be able to assist in the determination of where the most efficient routes are to get treated water to residents of Six Nations. The model’s strengths are built on the fact that it considers many different variables, each with an assigned weight based on its relative importance. This will allow the proposed networks to be calculated more comprehensively.
The model falls short in the sense that the scope is limited to getting the water to the wells. There is no guarantee that the wells still represent areas that need water as data such as well use is not collected and shared publicly. Additionally, the cost of hooking the water lines up to each house is not considered. There is no reasonable way of factoring this into the model, as the cost would vary greatly from house to house. The model also assumes that all locations require the same amount of water, when some wells likely provide water to more individuals than others.