Assessing your needs
We use both quantitative and qualitative analysis to meet our clients' needs. Before undertaking any activity we want to fully understand our client needs: nature of the intelligence required, scope of activity, regional and sectoral limits. This will usually take the form a pre-meeting telephone call to gather initial requirements, followed by a more in-depth, usually face-to-face discussion (dependent on the scope). We will agree timetables and budgets at this point, and detail our methodological approach.
We make use of publication and patent databases, company reports, our own internal databases of organisations, their business streams and key people, and combine this with interviews, Delphi surveys and expert workshops, as appropriate, to deliver validated results to our clients.
In addition, the Institute has an extensive network of global scientists, industrialists, investors, and regulators with whom we regularly interact for the purpose of gathering high-level intelligence on specific topics.