Options Analysis

C.CO - CIPFA's New Consulting Company

Can your decisions stand up to scrutiny?

What are the risks of not having a robust options appraisal process? Tough decisions face challenge which can be magnified if the options have not been fully explored. Implementation can fail if plans are not robust and well thought through and even the best ideas can face failure if people are not involved throughout the journey.

How might you mitigate these risks? Developing an evidence base to inform decision making is imperative while collaborating with key stakeholder will give a richer and more realistic picture. The process can include; baselining information, benchmarking, talking to people, engaging with staff and users, asking fundamental questions, and understanding the future vision for the service and the organisation. We can then help you to explore options, test concepts, and model and present options. All of this is underpinned by maintaining a strategic alignment and making sure that the benefits, dis-benefits, costs, savings and deliverability are all understood.

What are the benefits/ value of a different approach? Fully exploring your options will give you a clearer picture of what’s possible. It will provide evidence to help with discussion and decision making. It will develop greater understanding of the issues that you’re trying to solve, allowing space for input, which will in turn develop ownership and support of change. We can work with you to identify and explore the opportunities available to your organisation and build an evidence based business case to assist your decision making process.