Challenge

Law Societies globally are being challenged to revise their regulatory approaches in the face of emerging financial and economic pressures, increasing regulatory risks, advancements in information technology, and evolving professional-client expectations. The Law Society of BC responded to this challenge by committing to a more proactive, evidence-based model. The LSBC hired Standpoint to work with their executive team to understand and model several important decisions and their respective data.

Solution

Several decision models and proactive regulatory frameworks have been created over the last 7 years, assisting with decisions ranging from budgeting and resource allocation, to professional training program assessment.

The outcome was the development of clear processes and products that leveraged both existing data and expert opinion to improve organizational responsiveness to existing and emerging regulatory issues.

Challenge

There are few more contentious issues than hunting and its regulations, making it a minefield of stakeholder groups and uncertain science. Balancing these competing demands is the job of BC’s Ministry of Environment and are committed to using the best available information to ensure optimal outcomes.

Solution

Management models for several species have been developed that reflect available knowledge and generate specific predictions about the consequences of policy changes before they are implemented.

Challenge

As the regulator of oil and gas exploration and development in the Province, the BC Oil and Gas Commission is responsible for balancing the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits associated with resource development. But how can decision-makers measure balance and communicate results transparently?

Solution

Developing key “values” and indicators that could be tracked and reported in relation to impacts of development improved both the defensibility and transparency of the regulator’s decisions, and provided a basis for ongoing effectiveness monitoring and adaptive management.

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