Eco Evidence available now
Tuesday 14 February 2012
eWater has released Eco Evidence, a free software tool to support evidence-based decision-making in environmental management.
The software lets users search and access a reusable knowledge bank of pieces of evidence (extracted from scientific papers) to answer cause-effect questions, make assessments, plan for restorations, and carry out critical reviews on a specific topic of interest.
The power of the tool lies in its ability to help users apply criteria to establish clear cause-and-affect linkages in environmental investigations. It lets users analyse existing evidence in a well-documented, transparent, repeatable and rigorous manner. Eco Evidence can also be used to store evidence from a particular analysis, and lets users publish material to the on-line database for re-use and sharing with other users.
The software is useful to anyone needing to make scientifically defensible assessments about cause-effect relationships in aquatic environments. An understanding of cause and effect is central to good decision-making in environmental management. It matters most where decisions may be subject to challenge or where restoration budgets are tight and managers are looking to narrow down their options to the best value solutions.
“Eco Evidence can support evidence-based decision-making for environmental management. It will make it easier for decision makers to embrace the principle of evidence-based decision making and promote much better collaboration, new methods and technology,” said Product Development Manager Ralph Ogden.