Social Science

Social science is an important component in ecological forecasting to both improve the prediction of the forecasts as well as to increase the understandability and usefulness of the forecasts for decision-making.  By social science, we encompass a range of human-focused disciplines, including, but not limited to, decision science, geography, economics, and others.  The Social Science Working Group is focused on: developing methods, interdisciplinary collaboration on improving ecological forecasting models, co-production with stakeholders who may or will use ecological forecasts, developing and testing new ecological forecasting decision support products, and improving the tools and processes that advance the use of forecasts in environmental decisions.

The Social Science Scope of Work provides an overview of the priorities of the Social Science Working Group. It is a living document that will be updated as tasks become redundant and new efforts are developed.

Social Science Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The Social Science Group will be meeting September 29, October 20, November 17, and December 8 at 1:00pm US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at

Social Science Blog Posts and Resources

Video overview of the Social Science Group’s activities from the May 12-13, 2020 EFI-RCN Virtual Workshop
Kira Sullivan-Wiley’s overview of the Partners & Social Science Working Groups presented at the August 2020 ESA Symposia 25: The Ecological Forecasting Initiative: Lessons Learned from a Grassroots Network to Advance Ecology

Notes from Working Group Calls
Co-chairs: Jaime Ashander (Resources for the Future) and Kira Sullivan-Wiley (Boston University)

  1. August 25, 2020
  2. July 21, 2020
  3. June 30, 2020
  4. May 26, 2020
  5. May 5, 2020
  6. April 15, 2020
  7. March 10, 2020
  8. February 11, 2020
  9. December 16, 2019
  10. November 18, 2019
  11. October 28, 2019
  12. September 30, 2019
  13. September 5, 2019
  14. July 25, 2019
  15. July 11, 2019