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The Role of Intelligence for Developing Better Government Programs : Managing What’s Outside the Government Using Foresight, Intelligence, Business Analytics and Dashboards

Before I describe the role of intelligence and its associated field foresight and business analytics in helping government better plan and run successful programs, I am first going to describe three failed government initiatives. Then I will lay out how competitive intelligence related techniques could have been used to either better
design the programs.

A SME (Small and medium size enterprises) investment tax credit program appears in a developed country and fails. Why ? Because the intended targets, the small and medium sized firms, do not use it, worse, the program is used by larger companies spinning off smaller divisions, not the intention of the program. The program lands up not helping the intended target (the SME’s) and costing the government billions of dollars.

In another country, a clean-technology program is launched. The program was designed to get much needed commercialization funding for eligible clean technology investments by companies through a rich bank loan guarantee of roughly 70% plus the bank would get first claim on the company’s assets in the event of loan default. A very generous program. Unfortunately the banks refused to honour the loan guarantee and as a result the companies that the program was intended to help are now either bankrupt or have moved out of the country. The minister said to me he was frustrated because program money would be tied up for three years in this program and it was intended to support a growing sector and now he can’t access the money and the sector is dwindling.

Nanotechnology represents enormous opportunity as a result many governments around the world have launched nanotechnology industrial programs and policies. In this particular country, significant investment was made by the government for nanotechnology. The intent of the program and policy, to encourage the development of corporate nanotechnology products in a specific area – targeted research and development. The money was spent but unfortunately years later the program evaluation reveals that the technology developed never found its way towards commercialization. In this case the technology direction identified by the Government was no longer commercially viable when the products were ready for commercialization.

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