This course builds on the fundamental principles taught in “Introduction to Structured Decision Making” (CSP 3171) and “Adaptive Management” (CSP 3176), and explores more advanced topics in decision analysis. The course is designed to provide intensive hands-on practice of advanced techniques. The content of the course changes annually, so practitioners of SDM can take this course repeatedly as a means of professional development.
In 2010, topics will include:
- methods for development and organization of objectives;
- emerging methods in expert elicitation;
- expected value of information; and
- values elicitation and weighting methods for multiple-criteria decision analysis.
A standing feature is the opportunity for participants to share their experiences in delivering SDM, and a discussion about how we can improve the effectiveness of our work. The course is student-centered; participants will be expected to undertake some advanced preparation, and to engage actively in the exercises that form the bulk of the class.
The principal instructors are scientists from USGS and USFWS with extensive expertise in decision analysis. Using intensive hands-on practice of emerging state of the art techniques, participants will advance their skills for practicing structured decision making in conservation management decisions.
Active practitioners of structured decision making who have experience facilitating and analyzing decisions.
Minimally, students should have taken “Introduction to Structured Decision Making” or its equivalent, and have participated, with some leadership role, in an SDM workshop (CSP 3159 or its equivalent); experience in other advanced courses (like “Adaptive Management”) is also recommended.