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

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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…)

Applying lessons from the health sector – a personal perspective.

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Jane Morris, Evidentiary’s environmental ethicist provides some personal reflections of her journey.

Returning to study as a mature age student was the best thing I have ever done.  With a science/nursing background my interest in Genetics had further piqued over the ensuing years and I was keen to reacquaint myself with study and books.  Books, you ask, I know it’s all about laptops these days but I relished the chance to immerse myself into a brand new world of printed matter.