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Structured Decision Making, or SDM, is an organized
approach to identifying and evaluating creative options and
making choices in complex decision situations.
SDM is designed to deliver insight to decision makers
about how well their objectives may be satisfied by potential alternative courses of action.
It helps find 'win-win' solutions across groups, clarifies the
irreducible trade-offs that may exist between alternate
potential courses of action and helps to communicate how people
view these various options.
This website has been developed to highlight some key
concepts and ideas, to remove any mystery from SDM and to act
as a resource to practitioners or to those considering its use.
This website's content focus is on environmental resource
management decisions, though the principles of SDM are
universal and can be applied in any context.
SDM uses rigorous methods developed in
the decision sciences
SDM is particularly useful for decisions involving the integration
of technical analysis with value-based
SDM has been adapted for on-ground decisions and is helpful for
facilitating multi-disciplinary technical planning and
The goal of an SDM process is to inform
difficult choices, and to make them more transparent
Our SDM Overview is a quick
introduction to structured decision making.
A Guide to What's Here
Steps section is an overview of the key
steps of a typical SDM process. Dig down for more detailed ideas
on some of the issues involved.
In the Tools section you'll find a
brief inventory of some of the tools and techniques available to
make the application of SDM to real-world situations a little
Applications has a number of
case studies that highlight different aspects of applying
structured decision making in resource management contexts.
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