Analytical Tools for Local Economic Analysis

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