Good Decisions, Diverse Voices: Developing Tools for Equitable Decision Making

Despite the importance of diverse voices in community decision-making, we still do not fully understand how to support sound decision making in a way that is equitable and works to advance agendas of historically marginalized groups. We will draw on notions of equitable representation and urban planning to define equitable decision making, identify value elicitation methods that increase equity in decision making, and explore ways technology can assist this process.
EcoPlan International (EPI) with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) propose to undertake research to help us better understand these problems and create solutions that both support EPI in delivering high-quality results to its clients, and inform planning and decision making across Canada.
The proposed research examines techniques to support equitable decision-making and scenario planning, and the implementation of these tools in the real world. This approach ensures the applicability of the research both to EPI’s practical challenges and to the academic literature.

Intern: 
Katherine Levett;Amy Blood
Faculty Supervisor: 
Lorien Nesbitt;Andréanne Doyon;Michael Meitner
Province: 
British Columbia
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