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Towards an understanding of how policy making groups use indicators

Bell, S and Morse, S (2013) Towards an understanding of how policy making groups use indicators Ecological Indicators, 35. pp. 13-23.

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Abstract

Groupthink is a known weakness leading to a number of problems relating primarily to false senses of consensus. But, positive group 'wisdom' is an ideal which many aspire to make happen but few manage to achieve in practice. The mystery of the group comes at a number of levels and raises various issues. What is the relative importance of how groups assemble? How they are motivated? The value of inducement? How can group work be assessed and how is a 'good' group identified? How is positive and not negative group working achieved? How is group working linked to what the group achieves? In the area of policy use of indicators the function of the group becomes more critical. In an age of transparency in decision making and calls for more evidence-based policy, the importance of good group work is becoming vital if the project is to succeed. Based on research undertaken around the European Union between 2009 and 2010 this paper explores some of these questions by providing a series of 'rich pictures' of indicator use, the meanings ascribed to the pictures by the group members and some insights regarding the dynamics of the groups that rest behind them and how this may have influenced the stories told by the pictures. We argue that in many ways the pictures represent a window to the understanding of the groups use of indicators. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Bell, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morse, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2013
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.12.023
Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Ecological Indicators. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Ecological Indicators, 35, December 2013, DOI 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.12.023.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 23 Oct 2013 11:01
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:38
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/800150

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