Factors influencing the use of decision support tools in the development and design of conservation policy

Gibson, Fiona L., Rogers, Abbie A., Smith, Anthony D. M., Roberts, Anna, Possingham, Hugh, McCarthy, Michael and Pannell, David J. (2017) Factors influencing the use of decision support tools in the development and design of conservation policy. Environmental Science and Policy, 70 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2017.01.002


Author Gibson, Fiona L.
Rogers, Abbie A.
Smith, Anthony D. M.
Roberts, Anna
Possingham, Hugh
McCarthy, Michael
Pannell, David J.
Title Factors influencing the use of decision support tools in the development and design of conservation policy
Journal name Environmental Science and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-6416
1462-9011
Publication date 2017-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.01.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 70
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract There are many examples of decision support tools used to analyse information with the intention of assisting conservation managers and policy makers in their decision making. We used structured interviews to collect information on seven case studies from Australia and New Zealand to identify the factors that led to the use (or non-use) of decision support tools when developing conservation policies. The interviews explored hypotheses derived from existing literature on the use of decision support tools in conservation policy. Qualitative analysis of the interviews indicated that key factors influencing the uptake of a decision support tool in conservation policy include the alignment of the tool with the objectives and context of a policy, and its ability to be useful even in the presence of missing data. Two other factors that had been suggested in past literature were not perceived by interviewees to be as important as the above two: the presence of a champion for the decision support tool within the management agency, and the time required to apply the tool. The interviews also revealed a number of additional factors that influenced use or non-use of decision support tools that we had not extracted from existing literature: ambiguity about policy objectives, the autonomy of the agency, and the employee time costs of applying the decision support tool.
Keyword Conservation policy
Decision making
Decision support tools
Marxan
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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