The Institute for Decision Making (IDM) guides organizations and community-based groups through the process of making decisions and taking organized action toward economic and community development results. The team typically serves and advises economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, community planning groups, and other similar groups and organizations.
IDM is a unit of the University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services Division, which is included in the College of Business Administration. In addition to serving communities, IDM expands learning experiences for the University community and for professionals and volunteers by sharing expertise and by organizing professional educational opportunities. IDM was established in 1987.
The IDM operates through a blended budget of State of Iowa funds, partnership fees, and fees for services.