A very short history of Decision Point

Decision Point was established in 2008 by the Applied Environmental Decision Analysis Hub (AEDA: 2007-2010, through funding from the Commonwealth Environment Research Facility), the decision science network that preceded CEED. The magazine was also co-funded by the National Environmental Research Program Environmental Decisions Hub (NERP ED: 2011-2015). Over its life-time, CEED has been the major funder of Decision Point (2011-18).

In its first year Decision Point had a circulation of a few hundred – mainly researchers, policy makers, resources managers and members of the general community. It found favour with its audience and its circulation has steadily grown to be around 7,000 subscribers.

Having chalked up over 100 issues, Decision Point has contributed to a cultural shift in policy formulation in Australian governments (at multiple levels). That shift has been away from ad hoc, opaque decision making (in regards to policy relating to nature, environment and threatened species management) towards more transparent, accountable, systematic and adaptive decision making.

Over the course of Decision Point’s life, the field of environmental decision science has grown from a little utilised academic pursuit to become an important element of environmental policy. Decision Point has played a role in this transformation.

Back issues of Decision Point will still be available on our website (http://decision-point.com.au/) but no new issues are currently being planned beyond 2018.

A few quotes from readers

Here’s a bit of feedback from readers. We’ve selected quotes reflecting the breadth of our readership, from ‘coalface’ conservation managers to the head of the Australian Department of the Environment.

“Decision Point was one of the best things to come out of the NERP Program. Among other things, it provides a direct and timely link from the work of researchers to policy advisers and policy makers.”
Paul Grimes, Former Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

“Just wanted to commend you guys on an excellent mag – we use it to inform a lot of our thinking.”
Todd Maher, Natural Resources Commission, NSW Government

“It’s of great benefit being able to tap into the current best practice approaches and ideas emerging from academia.”
Julian Seddon, Dept. Environment and Sustainable Development, ACT Government

“Decision Point would have to be the most relevant and insightful publication I receive. The coverage of issues is excellent, the content innovative and the research findings are incredibly useful in my everyday work.”
Kirsti Sampson, Southern Rivers CMA, NSW

“Would like to do something similar to Decision Point for ecosystems and biodiversity in South Africa – this is a lovely example – well done.”
Wiida Basson, Senior Communicator, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa

“Good information, relevant pitch, stimulating debate and provocative essays (should be more of it).”
Peter Copley, Senior Ecologist, Threatened Species & Ecological Communities Unit, South Australian Government

“Frankly, Decision Point is one of the only newsletters I receive that I prioritise reading, and I do this because the content is captivating, and the format makes it easy to understand and digest the huge amount of information.”
Andrew Chin, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

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