Introduction to Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management

More and more, resource management agencies are turning to Structured Decision Making (SDM) as a tool to increase the transparency and rigor of their public policy process. This course introduces students to the history, philosophy and methods of SDM, facilitates discussion of shared experiences with SDM, and presents practical tools and advice for making SDM work. We also explain the principles behind Adaptive Management (AM), which is a special case of SDM where reducing uncertainty is a key management objective. The course is aimed at early career management agency staff and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in resource management.

Click here for an introductory video to the class.

Class Format and Times:

This class is synchronous and online.  Dates and times for the next section are TBD.

Purchasing the Class:

The price is $950.  You can purchase the class using a credit card or ACH at the QFC Storefront

MSU Guest Account (for non-MSU affiliated students)

Every student in the class needs an MSU account.  If you are not affiliated with MSU then you can get an MSU Guest Account here.

For questions, to pay by check, or to purchase classes in bulk contact Charlie Belinsky at 517-355-0126 or