Policy Analysis and Decision Support

Science Center Objects

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.

A negotiations skills class at FORT.

A negotiations skills class at FORT. USGS photo.

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?