Analytical Tools for Local Economic Analysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-11-M-0055
Agency Tracking Number:
O102-HS7-4015
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD10-HS7
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Small Business Information
eCrossCulture
1540 Columbine Avenue, Boulder, CO, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
789434763
Principal Investigator:
Mark Yager
Senior Researcher
(303) 544-1978
myager@ecrossculture.com
Business Contact:
Mark Yager
Senior Researcher
(303) 544-1978
myager@ecrossculture.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
We propose to develop a tool which enables Marines and Soldiers to assess local economic conditions and develop courses of action to positively impact the economy. Several innovations are: semi-automated techniques to identify key economic components; automated methods which tell service members what, who, where, when, and how to gather data; rapid data intake; sophisticated analysis which integrates situational factors, service members"field data, and state-of-the-art models to recommend courses of action and estimate second and third order effects. We emphasize that our approach does not require much data. Useful recommendations are obtainable within a few minutes of data entry. However, the tool increases specificity and usefulness as more data is entered. With full input, the system can recommend: who to obtain data from; what questions to ask and when to ask them; and how to administer specific economic interventions. It is oriented towards service members without college degrees and requires less than 2 hours of training.

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