O.R. & Analytics for Policymakers

O.R. & Analytics for Policymakers

Saving Lives. Saving Money. Solving Problems

About O.R. & Analytics
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O.R. and Analytics are proven scientific and mathematical processes that enable organizations to transform data into information, and information into predictive and prescriptive insights, that enable better decisions and improved results. O.R. and Analytics trace their roots to World War II, when military planners leveraged statistics and advanced mathematics to solve logistical problems and plan combat operations. In the decades since, other parts of the government and a wide variety of industries have extensively embraced these tools.

O.R. & Analytics Benefits for Policymakers
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O.R. and Analytics offer improved solutions to a plethora of government-wide challenges on the horizon. From predicting disease outbreaks, to the creation of next-generation military systems, nurturing and regulation of the sharing economy, the development of the connected city and more, O.R. and Analytics open a new frontier of efficiency, improved outcomes, and cost savings for American governance.

About INFORMS

With 12,500 members, INFORMS is the largest association of Operations Research (O.R.) and Analytics professionals and students. INFORMS provides a variety of resources and opportunities for individual professionals and organizations to better understand and use O.R. and Analytics tools and methods to save lives, save money, and solve problems.

There are hundreds of examples of how O.R. and Analytics help SAVE LIVES, SAVE MONEY, and SOLVE PROBLEMS. Here are just a few...

The Federal Communications Commission completed the world’s first two-sided auction of valuable low-band electromagnetic spectrum, contributing more than $7 billion to reduce the federal deficit while increasing the amount of available spectrum for wireless communication in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Pediatric Heart Network used O.R. and Analytics to create and implement a clinical practice guideline that improved surgical outcomes for patients with congenital heart defects while also realizing a cost savings of 27 percent per patient.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention harnessed the power of O.R. and Analytics combined with the best available scientific evidence and field knowledge to eradicate the transmission of the wild polio virus, with a particularly significant impact in India.

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The U.S. Army Communications Electronics Command (CECOM) developed the Virtual Logistics Assistance Representative (VLAR) to enable soldiers in the field to quickly and accurately diagnose complex systems and make them operational— without the need for technical personnel—preventing casualties and saving tens of millions of dollars.

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The Federal Aviation Administration deployed the Airspace Flow Program to improve air traffic management during weather events, reducing flight delays and saving aircraft operators and the flying public hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The Alliance for Paired Donations developed and implemented a new approach to connecting living donors with patients in need of organ transplants that has since been adopted by other organizations around the country, saving the lives of more than 1,000 people.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections transformed the complicated process of assigning inmates to the department’s 25 facilities. What once took seven employees nearly a week to accomplish can now be completed in less than 10 minutes.

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The U.S. Coast Guard developed and deployed the Port Resilience Operational/ Tactical Enforcement to Combat Terrorism (PROTECT) system, an approach to patrol boat scheduling to better protect major port cities with large populations on the eastern seaboard, including Boston, New York, from potential attacks and other threats approaching from the sea.

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The New York City Police Department created the Domain Awareness System, a robust network of sensors, databases, devices, software, and infrastructure that informs a variety of tactical and strategic decisions that officers make every day, saving at least $50 million per year.

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The American Red Cross developed a blood collection model for its southern region that led to a 20 percent increase in its ability to collect and process a key blood bi-product that is essential for treatment of massive trauma and major diseases while also achieving a 40 percent cost reduction.

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UPS revolutionized its package and delivery operations with the ORION fleet management system to reduce annual fuel consumption by 10 million gallons and CO2 output by 100,000 metric tons, saving more than $300 million per year.

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MISO designed and launched energy and ancillary services markets that enabled MISO to improve reliability and increase efficiencies in the use of power plants and transmission grid assets, saving billions of dollars.

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BNSF uses O.R. and Analytics to drive better decision making in every aspect involved in the management of its 32,500-mile rail network, including train routing, crew scheduling, train building, fleet sizing, train dispatching, and more, for a savings of more than $110 million annually.

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To help feed the world's growing population in an economically and environmentally sustainable way, Syngenta is using O.R. and Analytics to reduce the time and cost required to develop crops with high productivity.

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