Jeff Belkora developed SCOPED based on a model of decision quality with roots in the decision analysis group at Stanford Research Institute in the 1960s, and in Ron Howard's Decisions and Ethics Center at Stanford University. Later, Strategic Decisions Group popularized an enduring model of decision quality featuring six elements: Frame, Alternatives, Information, Preferences, Logic, and Commitment to Action. Various adopters of this decision quality model, including the Decision Education Foundation, would use it as a template for thinking, writing, and talking about decisions. Belkora adapted some of the SDG decision quality elements and substituted others in creating SCOPED. Belkora was also inspired by the SPIN framework (Situation-Problem-Implications-Need), by the SOAP Note (Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan), by Kepner Tregoe, and others.