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Stockholm reflections

By evidentiary in 
The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) recently held our first international conference in Stockholm. Stockholm put on a magnificent week of weather that was matched by an inspiring 3 days of presentation, conversation and networking. With over 110 delegates from 19 countries and a well organised social calendar it was an inspiring event. While there were noticeably few participants from the Asia Pacific region, the relevance of the presentations was still high for the application of evidence based decision making in Australia. It was very refreshing to hear senior government officials from leading European environmental agencies stress the importance of evidence based decision making in a) demonstrating responsible government spending and b) in managing decision making risk. These two outcomes are basic to good public service management anywhere in the world. (more…)

Environmental evidence b(i)ased decision making….which one are you doing?

By evidentiary in 

What’s the difference between evidence based decision making and evidence biased decision making…. well the “i” of course but the important answer is your eye! The consequences of this difference are however a serious matter. They can mean the difference between the success or failure of a multi-million dollar investment, an action to save a threatened species that works or doesn’t or an organizational or personal reputation that is enhanced or is destroyed.

So how do you know if the evidence you are using to assist in your decision making is improving your decision (reducing risk) or actually making your decision worse?  What type of biases can influence your decision, how can you reduce the risk of these biases in your decision making and how accountable are we for our decisions in environmental management?

In this three part series I will discuss these questions and provide some practical guidance to assist you to understand, assess and reduce your risk of poor decision making due to the selection and use of inadequate or inappropriate evidence. The aim is to enable you to make more informed decisions about when you should invest in collecting new evidence. (more…)

10 reasons why humans may not naturally be good at conserving nature

By evidentiary in 
I am always interested in comparing the differences in peoples’ perspectives on nature and conservation. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to have had an involvement with nature conservation either through education and/or experience, a new perspective is awakened that is positive and powerful.

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