Table 3

Ten “commandments” for good policy analysis (taken from Morgan and Henrion, 199048)

1Do your homework with literature, experts, and users.
2Let the problem drive the analysis.
3Make the analysis as simple as possible, but no simpler.
4Identify all explicit assumptions.
5Be explicit about decision criteria and policy strategies.
6Be explicit about uncertainties.
7Perform systematic sensitivity and uncertainty analysis.
8Iteratively refine the problem statement and the analysis.
9Document clearly and completely.
10Expose the work to peer review.