Decision structure analysis

How will critical decisions be taken, by whom, what will the decisions be based on? Campaigners need to understand the structure of the decision that will lead to the change they are trying to achieve.

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Source: A different view

Major decisions are never based solely on the facts. Fact is conditioned by claim, opinion and expedience - what is possible, given no political decision is taken in a vacuum. How the certainties supplied by fact and the uncertainties supplied by claim and opinion and expedience are weighed and interpreted will in turn determine what is a desirable outcome and the decision itself. (Note the reach of the arrows)

How a decision making body arrives at a decision is vital knowledge for the campaigner. You need to know the decision structure and the key people at each point within the structure. Campaigns are unlikely to have direct input to the point of recommendation or the final decision point, but they may be able to apply pressure at key inputs lower in the structure and should work hard to influence stakeholders.

Diagrams:

Source: A different view