a decision-maker’s guide to using science
guide to using science
Why work with scientists?
*Creating social change and solving
environmental problems requires both
knowledge and power
*Scientists have knowledge, but typically limited authority to
change behavior. Decision-makers have
power, but may lack in-depth knowledge of
Why is feeding science
into decision-making so difficult?
are motivated by discovery and often judged
by their peers based on their publication rates
and journal status,
pressure to make immediate decisions and are
accountable to their constituents on numerous
Plan and fundraise togther
Communicate information needs
Decision makers are the best people to advise scientists regarding what information is needed.
Information requests might include habitat
maps, trade-off analyses of management
options, or economic valuations.
Engage in Science
Establish a research ethic
solicit key messages and recommendations
The Science Process
Scientists may conduct research to address
data collection and analysis
the decision making process