The Decision Support Tool

Flying-fox engage is an engagement decision support system developed by Dr Ray Laine. The intention of the system is to provide a mechanism for stakeholders (community members, councillors, developers, planners, engineers, wildlife ecologists etc.) to learn about, rank and make informed decisions about management options for flying-fox camps.

How does the system work: 

1  Experts in flying-fox management produce a list of management options that could be used at the flying-fox camp you are interested in and how well each of the options addresses a series of criteria such as cost, timing, impact on the site or the impact on flying-foxes.

2  By answering the questions in the survey you determine the criteria that you would consider a successful management outcome at the flying-fox camp (Step 1).

3  Based on this input, the program suggests which camp management options most closely meet the criteria you have decided is important. (Step 2). There is accompanying information of why certain options come out on top compared to others.

4  If you are not happy with the results, you can then re-rank the camp management options (Step 3).

5  You can then provide feedback or list other camp management options that might have been missed. There are also some extra questions you can choose to answer that will help the camp management planners to understand the context of your answers (Step 4).

6  The information from all respondents is collated and evaluated by an independent consultant and presented back to the camp management planners who can use the information to develop their management approach to the flying-fox camp.

Further information about the methodology behind the development of the engagement decision support system can be found in: Laine, R (2014) 'An engagement decision support model to assist the flood risk management cycle' University of Wollongong.

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