Tool Name  
Question Addressed
Type of Tool
Output
Possibility Space
Generator        
What outcomes are possible
in the future?        
Predictive mathematical model
of objective factors as well as
values, beliefs, and
expectations. Tool rigorously
explores a wide combination
of uncertain factors, often
thousands of outcomes        
Possibility space is
represented with a data
base of possible outcomes
along with graphical
summaries
Essence Extractor-
simple        
What are the key factors
driving a particular outcome?
       
Assessment based on
objective measures and
expert judgment.         
List  and description of
factors driving outcomes of
interest.
Essence Extractor-
complex        
What are the key factors
driving a particular outcome?
       
Data mining tool that starts
with the data base from the
Possibility Space Generator
tool, and works backwards to
identify clusters of factors that
most affect outcomes of
interest        
List  and description of
factors driving outcomes of
interest.
Organizational
Trust-o-Meter        
Is the organization trusted
by stakeholders (investors,
customers, employees,
governors, suppliers)        
Assessment using objective
and subjective measures for
three dimensions
(predictability, competence,
values hierarchy) of trust—a
key predictor of organizational
health.         
Report including tabulated,
structured data and
graphical summaries
Individual
Trust-o-Meter        
Can person A trust person B
in a professional context?      
  
Assessment: subjective
measures of individuals’
perspectives.         
Report including tabulated,
structured data and
graphical summaries
Strategy Type
Indicator        
What type of strategy best
addresses our situation?       
 
Tool that maps the key forces
driving outcomes (i.e. from the
essence extractor tool),
against their time frame and
controllability.        
4-quadrant map of driving
forces along with strategy
type that is most effective
for that quadrant.
Decision Error Post
Mortem        
What went wrong in the
decision-making process?      
  
Assessment of which aspects
of the individual decision
maker’s situation awareness
failed.         
Report including situation
awareness process map
and color-coded
assessment of how
effectively each step was
performed
Strategy Toolset

The Compass Alliance Toolset ranges from templates that structure
a discussion to more complex analytic tools that explore thousands
of perspectives, scenarios, and strategic options.

Our toolset has been applied to a number of business, government,
and nonprofit organizations
Analytical Tools