Helping decision makers frame, analyze, and implement decisions
- All decisions have the same recognizable elements. Context, objectives, alternatives, consequences, and deliberation. Decision makers and analysts familiar with these elements can quickly see the underlying structure of a decision.
- There are only a small number of classes of decisions. These classes differ in the cognitive and scientific challenge they present to the decision maker; the ability to recognize the class of decision leads a decision maker to tools to aid in the analysis.
- Sometimes we need more information, sometimes we don’t. The role of science in a decision-making process is to provide the predictions that link the alternative actions to the desired outcomes. Investing in more science is only valuable if it helps to choose a better action.
- Implementation. The successful integration of decision analysis into environmental decisions requires careful attention to the decision, the people, and the institutions involved.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Helping decision makers frame, analyze, and implement decisions|
|Series title||Decision Point Online|
|Publisher||Decision Point Online|
|Contributing office(s)||Patuxent Wildlife Research Center|