The Four Stages
CRAFT has four primary components:
- Specifying Objectives: It is important to prioritize management objectives in order to clarify possible conflicts and competing values. CRAFT can help organize management and stakeholder values using clear and effective techniques and exercises.
- Designing Alternatives: An ecosystem is complex, therefore different alternatives can have varying effects. CRAFT helps design alternatives based on how well they might satisfy objectives.
- Modeling Effects: CRAFT uses the tools of decision analysis to link objectives, actions, and consequences. The belief networks can model complex environmental dynamics and display the consequences and uncertainties of alternative actions.
- Synthesis: The Synthesis stage is designed to pull together the information generated in previous steps and enhance understanding of the interplay among uncertainty outcomes, as well as personal values and attitudes.