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Software for government decision-making

Better, defensible public-sector decisions

Use 1000minds’ tools and processes to support fair and transparent decision-making based on stakeholder and public preferences.

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  • Boeing

1000minds applications

Government organizations are increasingly accountable for the ‘quality’ of their decisions, including for how they allocate their resources. 1000minds is used to support decision-making in many areas of the public sector at the central, state or local government levels.

Transparent methods and processes that people can trust

  1. 1. Create Start with one of our examples, or build your own model from scratch.
  2. 2. Tailor Fine-tune and refine your model by following a simple step-by-step process.
  3. 3. Run Work as a single decision-maker, together as a group or survey as many people as you like.
  4. 4. Results Understand and apply your results using a variety of graphical and analytical tools.

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Make public-sector decisions inclusively and efficiently

Making decisions in the public sector – i.e. central, state or local government – in a fair and inclusive fashion requires engaging with multiple decision-makers and other stakeholders (e.g. interested citizens) who often have very diverse objectives, which can be difficult and time-consuming.

1000minds’ user-friendly processes for engaging with people and reaching consensus lower the cost of making decisions and ensure results can be easily communicated to all relevant stakeholders, e.g. including elected representatives, if appropriate.

Coastal erosion success story

Pyramid layers in different combinations.


Ensure prioritization decisions are valid and reliable

Prioritization often involves confronting difficult decisions about the order in which, depending on the application, alternatives or individuals are chosen, such as prioritizing government projects and policy workflows, strategic planning, short-listing job candidates and tender bids, etc.

1000minds is used by public sector organizations to ensure their prioritization processes are valid and reliable, and hence defensible. For one-off or repeated applications, 1000minds enables decision-makers at all levels of government organizations to choose the right alternatives or individuals in the right order.

Organized crime prioritization success story
Patient prioritization success story

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Value for money

Allocate government resources fairly and transparently

Public sector organizations are increasingly accountable for the quality of their investment, procurement and spending decisions, including their annual budget plans – taxpayers and citizens demand it!

1000minds is used for comparing the value for money of the alternatives (e.g. project or supplier proposals) being considered to make high-quality spending decisions when allocating budgets in a consistent, scalable and repeatable way. As well as being valid and reliable, 1000minds is user-friendly and transparent so that resource-allocation decisions are defensible and easily communicated.


“Easy to use and very useful for any complex decision-making question. Kudos to the creators for creating such a wonderful tool!”

– Lay Kuan Soh

Conjoint analysis

Discover what citizens want from government services or policies

Conjoint analysis, sometimes also known as a ‘discrete choice experiment’ (DCE) or ‘choice modeling’, is a survey-based methodology for discovering how citizens and taxpayers feel about the characteristics of government services (e.g. the police force) or government policies (e.g. superannuation).

1000minds conjoint analysis is a powerful and user-friendly tool for generating valid and reliable information for designing and delivering better government services and policies. 1000minds enables citizens’ opinions and preferences to be heard.

Preferences research

Survey potentially 1000s of citizens to reveal their preferences

Three types of 1000minds survey are available. They are easy to create, test and distribute – and interpreting the results is simple!

To demonstrate the variability of people’s intuitive judgements – e.g. to illustrate the need for a better decision-making approach – a ranking survey (or ‘noise audit’) can be run. To collect people’s ratings of alternatives on pre-specified criteria or attributes, a categorization survey is available. The relative importance of the criteria or attributes used for a decision or choice can be revealed via a preferences (or conjoint analysis) survey.

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