Conservation Planning Tools Assessment

Communicating Information with Decision Makers

Planners often grapple with finding the best methods of communicating their analysis to decision makers. The assessment asked respondents a few questions regarding their interaction with decision makers regarding their conservation planning efforts.

Figure 13: Ease/Difficulty of Communicating Conservation Planning Information to Decision Makers

Level of Ease/Difficulty Percent/Number
Very Easy 9% (171)
Somewhat Easy 31% (571)
Neutral 26% (489)
Somewhat Difficult 19% (357)
Very Difficult 8% (146)
No Opinion 4% (72)
No Answer 4% (66)

Map 2: Ease/Difficulty of Communicating Conservation Planning Information to Decision Makers, grouped by 9 regions. The color scale and corresponding numbers represents the percentage of respondents in each region who found it "very easy" and "somewhat easy."


Map 2. Ease/Difficulty of Communicating Conservation Planning Information to Decision Makers

  • Planners use a variety of resources and media types to make conservation planning decisions, as shown below in Figures 14 & 15.

Figure 14: Resources Used to Make Conservation Planning Decisions

Resource Percent/Number
Planning Tools 62% (1159)
Local Politics 50% (1106)
Outside Experts 56% (1051)
Public Opinion 54% (1009)
Education/Advocacy Campaigns 35% (660)
Other 7% (132)
Indicated at Least One 91% (1708)
No Conservation Planning Decisions Have Been Made 4% (67)
No Answer 5% (97)

Figure 15: Usefulness of Media Types in Communicating Conservation Planning Information With Decision Makers

Media Type Percent/Number
Maps (printed) 79% (1482)
Mapping Tools (electronic) 78% (1466)
Visualization Tools 70% (1319)
Slide Shows (e.g., PowerPoint) 63% (1172)
Memos and Reports 56% (1039)
E-mail 51% (958)
Websites 49% (912)
Time-Series Data in Graphic Format 36% (667)
Videos 34% (645)
Social Media (e.g., Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) 14% (258)
Indicated at Least One 91% (1702)
Indicated None 9% (170)