Open-Source Decision Models
Most policy decisions are complicated and controversial. Decision models can play a crucial role in helping stakeholders figure out what they agree about and what they don't. Open-source models are available for anyone interested to download, review, and run with different assumptions. This enables stakeholders to explore the issues themselves rather than rely on the "experts' black-box analysts. figure out which assumptions really make a difference -- and often which don't. Several organizations have used Analytica models in this way. Because Analytica models are more transparent than traditional spreadsheets or black-box simulations, participants can more easily understand the assumptions and their implications.