Decision making / Evidence-based decision-making



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Af Admin Eltis / Opdateret: 28 May 2019

Definition – Decision making is the act or process of making decisions, by whatever means.

Evidence-based decision-making is intended to help policyinfo-icon makers maximise the benefits of their investments and to prevent investment in measures or projects that fail to address critical problems. Ideally, decisions should be based on the ex-ante appraisalinfo-icon of the predicted effects of a plan, measureinfo-icon or package of measures. There is a tendency in transport decision making to assess measures more narrowly, based on pre-conceptions and with a focus on direct economic effects, an approach which can favour traditional transport measures.

Relevance to SUMP – In SUMP, the decision maker is typically an organisation (e.g. a committee of the city council) or person in a high-level position (e.g. mayor or senior executive), with the responsibility to adopt a SUMP or approve a measure. Decision making usually comes after the use of various project management and participationinfo-icon tools. The main characteristics of SUMP preparation, including participation, integrationinfo-icon and consideration of external costs for all modes, should extend through to the decision-making stage. For example, engaging citizens and a wide range of stakeholders through a participation process in the preparation of a SUMP is viewed as fundamental to ensuring the legitimacy and quality of the decisions made. Moreover, public authorities should ensure maximum transparencyinfo-icon and enable more democratic, participatory decision making processes. For example, a referenduminfo-icon vote could be held in relation to the approval of major transport measures.

Source: Oxford Dictionaries (online); Guidemaps, 2004 

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