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The Environmental Decision Making Cluster of the ESIP Federation

Chair: Ana Prados

Vice Chair: Chuck Hutchinson

Get Involved: Monthly Telecons

The Decisions Cluster has regular telecons on the fourth Wednesday of every Month at 3 PM EST

Next telecon: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 3pm EST   
Dial: 1-877-668-4493
Access Code: 23133897

Minutes of past telecons/meetings:

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Evaluation Resources and Workshops

ESIP 2014 Winter Meeting Decisions Workshop & Breakout Session

Evaluation Workshop (two half days) : Building on the successful full day workshop in January 2013, these two half-day sessions will help the attendees understand the concepts underlying proposal formation and evaluation.

Evaluation Breakout Session - Friday AM Building on newly acquired knowledge by Evaluation Workshop participants and others, this session will feature speakers who will share their experiences in project, program and organizational evaluation. Speakers are invited to contribute their Evaluation stories using the following format:

  • Slides 1-3 - Program/Project Description Including What Was Being Assessed
  • Slides 4-6 - Evaluation Approach/Methodology Used (can be more than 1 approach/methodology)
  • Slides 6-9 - Results & Impact of Evaluation

The Evaluation stories do not have to be the result of a formal evaluation, rather, they can be informally generated analyses. The results of this session will be captured and shared in the ESIP Commons for the community to consult. To share your project's evaluation story, please email it to aprados at umbc dot edu. Breakout Session Leaders: Ana Prados & Carol Meyer

Session Contributions

  1. Ongoing Evaluation to Inform the Development of an Online Resource Center

Authors: Robert R. Downs and Robert S. Chen
Abstract: Evaluation activities can identify opportunities for improvement when developing systems, programs, and services to address the needs of diverse stakeholders. The results of evaluation efforts also can initiate organizational learning and enhance understanding to attain current and future objectives and goals. We describe how multiple evaluation efforts that employ different methods have been used to inform the development of a resource center to support the preservation of geospatial data and related resources.

  1. Evaluating the NASA Applied REmote Sensing Training Program

Author: Ana Prados

  1. Jonathan Blythe – a) Logic Modeling exercise b) how to do surveying
  2. Bill Michener ?

ESIP 2013 Winter Meeting Decisions Workshop

ESIP 2012 Winter Meeting Decisions Workshop

ESIP 2011 Winter Meeting Decisions Workshop

Mid-Term Evaluation of GEOSS Implementation note: large pdf document, loads slowly

Environmental Evaluators Network

June 2011 Environmental Evaluators Network Forum in Washington D.C

June 2011 EEN Evaluation 101 Workshop

June 2011 EEN Evaluation 101 Workshop Exercises

Events and Activities

Upcoming Meetings

July 12-15, 2011 ESIP Summer Meeting, Santa Fe, NM
ESIP 2011 Winter Meeting

Past Meetings

Other Resources

Articles, Books, reports

The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics
The Emerging Science of Environmental Applications (Dozier and Gail)
Uses and limitations of observations and data in decision support for selected sectors and regions
Unscientific America - a quick and interesting read about barriers to communicating and using science information

GEO request for advisors to join Decision Support teams

End Users and Decision Makers

Use Cases and Success Stories

Other Useful Links

About the Cluster

Earth Science data and research can play an important role in informing decision making activities and applications in the commercial and public sectors. One of the main priorities of the Decisions cluster is to support ESIP member evaluation activities and assessments concerning the value of Earth Science data.

The Cluster also addresses topics such as:

  • The value of scientific models in predicting future states and scenarios, such as the IPCC
  • the economic value of Earth science data in decision settings;
  • data requirements for environmental decisions-making
  • decision making under deep environmental uncertainty;
  • collaborative environments for assessing scenarios and consequences of decisions involving multiple stakeholders;
  • case studies in environmental decision-making;
  • integrated physical-economic models;
  • perceptions of long-term climatic uncertainty;
  • tools, services, models, and associated standards for data-driven decision support.

Chair- Ana Prados     Vice-Chair- Chuck Hutchinson