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 May 26, June 30, July 21, August 25 at 11:30am 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

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

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