Center for Scientific Analysis of Policy, LLC (www.SciPolicy.org) works toward having the generation of policies (and laws and regulations) based upon hard, verifiable data, the better to achieve their stated goals and avoid unanticipated, detrimental consequences.
The founder and president, Franklin D. Nash, MD, is an 83-year-old former professor of medicine whose hackles rose when he realized the misuse/abuse of the STEM disciplines in the writing of policies, laws, and regulations for partisan purposes. After assembling a team expert in logic and analysis, he began an operation called Center for Analysis of Science in Policy, later to become an established company, Center for Scientific Analysis of Policy LLC.
SciPolicy.org are currently evaluating economic policy statements of candidates for the office of President of the United States (POTUS) in the 2016 elections. They have chosen to concentrate on the economy since it influences all other aspects of the federal, state, and local governments’ activities. Results are published on their web site at http://scipolicy.org/potus-candidates-policies.html. Because the many candidates are effectively dividing the electorate by pushing for different economic policies, they've taken a bold new approach, integrating policies, thereby creating a whole that in terms of comprehensibility is greater than the sum of it parts, facilitating dealing with the mass of data.
They have merged the findings of the IPA* evaluations and generated a series of interactive graphics, maps so to speak, that display the components of each individuals' economic policy and allow the reader to focus on any element. Additional maps deal with groups of candidates and with important policy topics. They developed this approach because of the large number of candidates running for the presidency and the breadth and complexity of their policy statements. They present here the interactive results of this fresh method in order to help voters understand, evaluate, and compare those policies, facilitating their decision making and our democratic process. The series can be found at https://center-for-scientific-analysis-of-policy.kumu.io/integrated-map-of-candidates-economic-policies.
Those interested SciPolicy.org’s primary thrust, the development of scientific, quantifiable means of policy creation and evaluation, should know they are working with Dr. Steven E. Wallis' proprietary Integrative Proportional Analysis (IPA)* suite, employing it and continually expanding its power. IPA was adopted to forecast the probability that a policy will achieve its stated goals, provided it is based upon valid, demonstrable facts and executed as stated in its text. An introduction to IPA, "The IPA Answer to Policy Evaluation - SciPolicy Watchdog White Paper," can be found at http://www.scipolicy.org/ipa-white-papers.html.