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7.5 Style

A variety of different reporting formats and media can be used (numbers, words, narratives, graphs, pictures, multimedia). No one format is more valid than others. The choice of format depends on communication settings, type of audience, and uncertainty management methods.

1. What is the format and style of reporting/ communicating uncertainty? Check all that apply:

Written material:

 A section of the environmental assessment report

 Press articles

 Scientific journal papers

 Internet publication

 Supporting resources for internet material


 Model results in the form of graphs, tables, ...

 Model runs (by the audience)



 Graphs, tables

 Pictures, collages



Multi-media material:

 Internet based, CD-ROM

Audiences of reporting documents will have varying amounts of resources and time to digest any information that is presented. The following tips may be useful:

Policymakers typically have time to read an A4 sheet of paper
Focus groups require at least two and a half hours and are good settings to make oral presentations
Information on the internet allows access to those with internet resources (not always all groups) whenever the audience has time

2. Was the availability of each of the audiences considered in packaging uncertainty information?




3. Can the target audiences with fewest resources likely access reported information on uncertainty?

 not readily accessible

 with some effort

 readily accessible

4. Rehearsing communication is important to achieve effective dialogue on uncertainty with audiences. Have efforts at rehearsing communication been made?