Decision mapping addresses who is involved in the decision making process and how they make decisions. The process of decision mapping results in a visual representation of a decision that is built around choice options, consequences, outcomes and values/goals, clarifying the decision making processes, the actors involved, their motivations and values. Decision mapping enhances understanding of how decision makers view their current and desired future state as well as how they prioritise decisions and actions.
Causal loop diagrams can help determine what factors are needed to facilitate decision making regarding climate change adaptation mechanisms, and what dynamic impacts such factors may have on changes to practice and uptake of mechanisms.
Decision mapping allow for comprehensive analysis of complex situations, thus creating valuable and necessary context from which further progress can be made. Each decision maker has a unique set of goals and values which underlie each decision. The collaborative process of decision mapping creates an illustrative representation of these previously un-visualised elements. For example, values from decision makers who are progressive action takers and values from those who are cautious conformists may be applied to the mapping framework to signify points where mechanisms and information must be adjusted to reflect such values.
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