EnvEcon Decision Support was established by a team of leading economists who sought to use economic thinking and economic methodologies to provide rigorous and reliable decision support. Whilst the team have built from their economic foundations with new disciplines, techniques and methods, economic analysis remains at the core of EnvEcon’s services. Our work covers all sectors of the economy, and examples of our economic analysis services include:
- Ex ante/Ex post Evaluations
Modelling of scenario outcomes, ongoing and ex post empirical analysis of performance.
- Defined Impact Assessment Studies
Regulatory impact assessments, environmental impact assessments.
- Tailored Cost Benefit Analyses of Projects and Policies
Regulatory interventions, tax research, market-based instrument design, investment appraisals.
- Application of Specific Techniques for Defined Purposes
Econometric analyses, behavioural economics, valuation studies.
Policy research is the primary application for EnvEcon’s services. EnvEcon have experience across all sectors (e.g. residential, transport, power) and within multiple thematic areas (e.g. health, air, climate, competitiveness). A particular focus of our policy research lies within environmental policy given that there is arguably no greater driver of behavioural, technological and economic change in the world today. Selected sectoral and thematic areas of policy research are outlined below.
- Sectoral – Agricultural Policy
Assessment of incentives, interventions and impacts across the agriculture sector.
- Sectoral – Residential Policy
Technology adoption, energy demand, fuel choices, design and targeting of interventions.
- Sectoral – Transport Policy
Fleet modelling, modal choice, policy design and appraisal, parking policy, purchase decisions.
- Sectoral – Industry Policy
Market analysis in relation to the waste sector, cement industry and power generation.
Research to identify, quantify and value health impacts and risks.
- Thematic – Enterprise Policy
National economic evaluation and enterprise strategy development.
- Thematic – Innovation Policy
Design of balanced support structures to encourage innovation at firm and national levels.
- Thematic – Environmental Policy
Policy support in relation to air, climate, waste, water and energy related environmental targets.
EnvEcon’s work is grounded on evidence and as such the team are necessarily proficient in a number of contexts with regard to data. We have experience with managing large and complex data sets, identifying and integrating valuable data sets, generating new primary data, and presenting data in an easily interpreted and effective manner.
Highly proficient with GIS for visualisation as well as more advanced spatial analytics methods.
Experience in advanced survey design and survey management through a variety of mediums.
Data systems design, development and management.
- Data Mining and Development
Excellent awareness of existing data sets, capacity to develop new data sets by mining and linking.
EnvEcon team members have a broad history of engagement with Government nationally and internationally. The team have served in senior economic advisory positions to national and overseas governments as well as to a number of international organisations. This experience affords a unique perspective on the most effective means for managing the interface between Government, private sector and the public. Support services include:
Intermediary support on negotiation between national and international bodies.
Support with connections to public and private spheres nationally and internationally.
Support on public relations management and the communication of initiatives to the public.
A broad experience set combined with an inter-disciplinary work environment enables EnvEcon to deliver diverse and well-developed strategic advice to businesses or decision makers operating in a number of sectors from waste to pharmaceuticals, and transport to energy. Services include:
Support and guidance on the development process for an achievable strategy.
- Developing Nation Supports
Specialist experience operating in and supporting sustainable growth in developing Nations.
- Business Expansion and Redirection
Expert perspectives on economic, technological and behavioural challenges and change.
EnvEcon can tailor a systematic evaluation to a given program, project or policy. Our approach initially seeks to identify the relevant available data, the key stakeholders and the appraisal criteria. From this point we engage with the client to design an approach that will deliver a credible and transparent assessment based on evidence, and refined through experience.
Critical and constructive evaluations of funding support to assess return, risks and refinements.
Reviews of research and analysis by third parties to identify gaps and weaknesses.
- Peer Ranking and Benchmarking
Internal, external and international ranking and benchmarking exercises.
Behavioural science, in particular behavioural economics, has been developing rapidly over the past decade and has now firmly established itself as a powerful policy discipline that can help us to comprehend, communicate and change behaviours. EnvEcon can provide a broad range of support services in the field of behavioural science from tailored research to general training for specific industries, sectors and group functions.
Tailored training and support courses for companies, policy makers and industry groups.
Interpreting literature, evidence and RCT results to design an intervention for a specific ambition.
- Randomised Control Trials
EnvEcon can work to design, deliver and evaluate an RCT specific to the client needs.
- Day Reconstruction Method
DRM is a uniquely cost-effective way to measure well-being and decision-making in everyday life.
The outcomes of decisions rarely respect the defined boundaries of the analyst. Many policy challenges require evaluations of complex problems across multiple sectors and thematic areas in order to establish a suitably broad and robust perspective on the options and expected outcomes. Integrated modelling tools offer defined frameworks that can handle complex policy questions. The EnvEcon team run a number of powerful integrated models to enhance their decision support offering for public and private clients. These models offer:
- Multi-Disciplinary Modelling
Modelling that engages expertise from multiple scientific fields e.g. economics, engineering, science.
- Integrated Sectoral Modelling
Modelling that simultaneously examines interactions across all sectors of the economy.
- Integrated Thematic Modelling
Modelling that spans multiple thematic areas and outcomes such as climate, air, health, economy.