Improving The Accuracy And Intelligibility Of Decisions For Conservation Using The Informed Regulator Rule

Grant number: DP0209324


Standard conservation biology uses some obsolete statistical and experimental design methods that may damage conservation biology, the environment and the economy. This project intends to refine and test a methodology (the Informed Regulator Rule) to improve the quality and transparency of conservation studies, compliance monitoring and auditing. Building on research in the psychology of statistical (mis)understanding, the project will test the Informed Regulator Rule by computer simulation and empirical tests of impact scenarios with emphasis on data from recent studies. The cognitive accessibility and utility of the rule will be assessed theoretically and in practice.