“AIE’s strength lies in its ability to conduct a true risk/return analysis based on proven methods that have a known statistical validity…With its mathematical, statistical, and economic underpinnings AIE provides investment decision-makers with a high degree of confidence in its results.”
Craig Symons, Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving CIOs, Forrester Research
Evaluating Desert Restoration for the United Nations Environmental Program
Hubbard Decision Research conducted an analysis on behalf of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to determine the impact of resorting an overgrazed area of Inner Mongolia known as the Kubuqi Desert. Once a green pastureland, this area along the Yellow river was overgrazed and became a desert. Over the last 30 years a Chinese corporation, Elion, has been working to restore this to a productive agricultural area with thriving communities.
HDR constructed a model consisting of several including reduction in agricultural output, the impact on the water table, reduction in dust storms and economic impact on communities. The report made specific recommendations about what measurements to monitor and how to modify the ongoing restoration program based on these findings.
Where Standards are Worth Over $1 Billion
Hubbard Decision Research showed how standards are worth more than $1 billion per year in the insurance industry. ACORD is a not-for-profit association created by the insurance industry to facilitate the development of standards for its members.
Most major insurance companies in the US and around the world are members of ACORD and they participate in the development of standards to structure and streamline communications when insurance companies, reinsurers, brokers regulators and software development firms need to exchange data.
HDR was asked by ACORD to analyze what the impact of its standards on its members and the entire insurance industry. The analysis included not only time savings and productivity improvements from standards but also how the development of new products and software and their benefits are accelerated when there are known, reusable components. See these links to an ACORD announcement on the findings of the HDR study and a recorded interview of Doug Hubbard by ACORD.