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 meet jointly with the Partners & Knowledge Transfer Working Group on February 4 at 12pm US Eastern. Regular calls will then be held on February 22, March 22, April 19, and May 17 at 2pm 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. October 20, 2020
  2. September 29, 2020
  3. August 25, 2020
  4. July 21, 2020
  5. June 30, 2020
  6. May 26, 2020
  7. May 5, 2020
  8. April 15, 2020
  9. March 10, 2020
  10. February 11, 2020
  11. December 16, 2019
  12. November 18, 2019
  13. October 28, 2019
  14. September 30, 2019
  15. September 5, 2019
  16. July 25, 2019
  17. July 11, 2019