The community grew from a research project on applying Game Theory to UK policy problems. The work demonstrated there was an appetite to apply game theory tools to the strategic analysis of decision-making processes in energy and resources policy design.
This led to a series of workshops hosted by Imperial College London in 2015 and 2016, sponsored by industry with attendees from across industry, policy and academia.
These highlighted a number of opportunities and issues:
- There is an appetite for better networking amongst policy makers, industry and academics;
- That decision makers and analysts were struggling to understand best practice and the developments taking place;
- That capacity to understand which decision support tools were most appropriate for solving different problems was limited;
- That there is a proliferation of ideas and methods developed by analysts for decision support but that the community was fragmented;
- There is little understanding of decision making methods amongst Decision Makers;
- That there is an enormous gap in understanding cross different disciplines developing different processes and a limited comprehension of integration of process from an end-to-end perspective;
- There is a substantial desire to share best practice between disciplines;
- That there is a need for capacity to be developed across disciplines and sectors; and
- There is a need to better characterise what decision makers wanted.
These workshops led to a the creation of small team from Imperial College London, Warwick University, London School of Economics, University of Strathclyde and Lancaster University in partnership with the Defence Science Technical Laboratory, ATKINS, Anglian Water and E3G to develop a network to organise activities around the problems of decision makers.
The Network has the express aim to provide a more holistic understanding of the relevant problem in terms of:
- What they want to inform their decisions;
- The institutional architectures within which decisions are made;
- The circumstances and incentives decision makers have to make their decisions.
Since May 2015 the networked has hosted a series of workshops aimed at all stakeholders in the decision making space.