Melissa specializes in education and social policy.Methods and Tools Econometric & Statistical Analysis & Modeling
ECONorthwest can construct or deconstruct any econometric and statistical model or analysis.Benefit-Cost Analysis
ECONorthwest applies benefit-cost analysis to help decision makers compare different project and policy options.
With state and local government budgets shrinking even as the need for services grows, policymakers and program planners must make the best possible use of limited resources. Performance metrics give decision makers the quantitative evidence they need to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of their policy and program choices. On a more sophisticated level, performance metrics allow decision makers to compare the value of multiple, complex, and often competing, policies and objectives, and to estimate the impacts of their decisions on individuals and society as a whole.
ECONorthwest helps governments articulate their policy and program objectives, and then design measurements to track their progress in achieving those objectives. ECONorthwest has extensive experience helping governments answer the first two questions in performance measurement: what to measure and how to measure it.
The third and most important question in performance measurement is how to use the data to improve the status quo. ECONorthwest has unsurpassed experience helping governments use performance data to make high-quality decisions about competing choices, taking into account the impacts on the economy, the environment, and the equitable distribution of benefits and costs.
We frequently develop efficiency and sustainability metrics for high-profile transportation and land use projects.