How do you use evidence in deciding how to protect birds?

Most people think that evidence-based decision making is a good idea when managing things that we care about, such as biodiversity. However, there aren’t a lot of guidelines about how to do it well in environmental management, and we know that evidence is not routinely incorporated into conservation decisions. I aim to explore how people draw from an evidence base to inform their decision making in a conservation problem in my research study.


What is it?

I designed an online study to learn about how people use evidence in decision making. You get to play boss and decide what you think is the best action to protect birds, before and after reviewing a body of evidence.

Who can take part?

It will be of greatest interest to practitioners, managers, policy makers, and scientific experts working in conservation, environment or related fields and students of these fields. However, anyone with an interest in these topics is encouraged to participate.

Why should I do it?

By taking part in this research, you will contribute important insights on how scientific information informs value judgements in conservation decision making, and help identify factors that may improve conservation practice. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and there are no envisaged risks. However, there is a wealth of knowledge about bird conservation within the study and you might learn something new or find some new insights about the way that you reason with scientific information.

How long does it take?

There is no time limit on the tasks, and you’ll be presented with a large amount of information that you can use as you please in determining the best course of action. Expect to spend a minimum of 10 minutes on the study.

Sounds fun. How do I participate?

Please visit the study page. Human ethics and consent information is available at this page.

The quality of this study can be improved if this questionnaire is distributed as widely as possible. Please feel free to invite your work colleagues, membership list, friends and family etc.

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