Use and Abuse of Computer Models: Do Computer Models Help or Hinder Collaboration?
Thursday, May 22, 2008, 8:30am – 10:00am

Michele Straube, CommUnity Resolution, Inc.
Craig Forster, Ph.D., University of Utah, College of Architecture+Planning

Track: Technology, Tools and Innovations in ECR

Computer models are at the heart of many collaborative processes. Yet, the principal actors in stakeholder processes (decision makers, modelers, stakeholders) often hold very different perspectives regarding the meaning and value of models. What do stakeholders understand about models? How can modelers “teach” them about the inherent limitations, assumptions and uncertainties? Are decision makers using models to support pre-ordained decisions? Can models be “unbiased” sources of information? Group discussion will assess how models might foster collaboration.

Primary Target Audience(s): Corporate Entities/Resource Users • ECR Practitioners/Attorney Mediators • Government Staff (Federal, State, Local and Tribal) • Non-governmental Organizations

Use and Abuse of Computer Models Presentation