We produce original interdisciplinary research to provide evidence-based consulting services in support of decision-makers who have a stake in policy outcomes.
Stating that there is a problem is often uncontroversial. But defining the problem - let alone the causal factors - is where it gets difficult. Using a systems thinking approach, supported by both qualitative and quantitative methods, BOTEC works with our clients to help clearly define policy problems in scope and context so clients can more efficiently solve them.
Policies that restrict or compel certain behaviors among citizens should only be used when individual choices, social norms, and markets fail to protect public health and safety. BOTEC helps decision makers understand when they should exercise restraint and when they should act.
Complex problems suggest many solutions. BOTEC uses a multidisciplinary approach combining a team of economists, sociologists, data scientists, public health experts, attorneys, and practitioners to frame all available policy options.
Placing values on what we want policies to achieve is difficult, especially when each option can create unintended consequences downstream. BOTEC helps policymakers understand the dimensions that describe positive and negative outcomes from alternative policies, the basis on which to weigh alternatives against one another, and the probability distribution of the outcomes of each option across those dimensions.
The best solution to a policy problem is not always apparent, even when data and analysis are available. The option that has the highest probability of solving the problem is a good place to start, and BOTEC helps clients understand what the data suggest and how to transfer success on paper to success in practice.
Even at the highest levels of government, policy decisions often come down to a handful of individuals. BOTEC uses intensive stakeholder engagement to make sure the important voices are at the table from the beginning, ensuring buy-in and ultimately yielding more well-informed policies.