Decision Statements

It’s useful to capture your decision framing work in a concise Decision Statement. A good decision statement is usually one to three sentences long. Depending on the context, it will often define: 

  • The decision maker 
  • The issue or problem that is being addressed 
  • The types of actions that are under consideration
  • The ultimate goal(s) to be achieved by implementing the actions
  • The timeframe and location or spatial area of the decision problem
  • Important constraints (e.g., budget or policy)

For example, the decision statement for the Public Commission on Mobility Pricing in Vancouver BC was framed as a question that the Commission was charged with addressing:

“What is the best way to introduce road pricing to raise revenue and reduce congestion over the next twenty years in Metro Vancouver, consistent with TransLink’s Liveable Region Strategy and within the budget approved by the Mayors’ Council?”