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Social and Economic Analysis Branch Social Scientists investigate the process of environmental decision making and how stakeholder engagement strategies, policies, institutions, and decision support tools influence management outcomes.
Environmental decision makers require quality science for their management decisions. But even the best science is implemented within specific social and institutional contexts, which may create barriers or opportunities to meeting desired goals.
Specifically, our work asks the following kinds of questions:
How do interactions among scientists, decision makers, and stakeholders influence the effective translation of science into decision making?
How does the design and implementation of decision support tools influence group learning, negotiation, and decision making?
How do institutional and regulatory structures shape the process and outcome of decision making?
Below are other science projects associated with this project.
The Fort Collins Science Center's Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch has been conducting and publishing research on multi-party natural resource negotiation since the 1980s. This research has led to the development of the basic negotiation training courses. This course is a mix of lecture, hands-on training, and discussion. Please join us and other natural resource professionals facing similar problems and share your experiences. Come prepared to candidly discuss examples of successes to embrace, stalemates to recognize, and pitfalls to avoid in natural resource negotiations.