With a focus on both deliberation and analysis, structured decision support (SDS) approaches are designed to effectively combine expert driven analysis with local participatory research and engagement to build a common understanding of the complexity of the decision challenge, bring rigor to the evaluation and arrive at innovative and effective solutions. If you need to engage diverse interests, address tradeoffs, incorporate uncertainty, find win-win solutions and incorporate multiple dimensions of value — SDS can help.
Over the last 25 years we have established ourselves as innovative firm that is leading the way in bringing tools and methods to planning from related disciplines like decision analysis, behavioural economics, negotiation theory, and cognitive psychology. What is most important is that it works in so many challenging contexts. With the help of our facilitation and communication skills, we can helpensure that the decision-making that is part of any planning project is more transparent, defensible and broadly supported.

EcoPlan’s William Trousdale recently spoke on the CBC about one application of Structured Decision Support – ‘non-market valuation’. Non-market valuation is a method to appraise the monetary value of goods and services that have utility and value, but not necessarily a market price. The CBC interview can be accessed here.

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