Risk Sciences International

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    Understanding
    Risk

    When
    understanding risk,
    evidence and data
    matter.

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    Managing
    Risk

    When
    managing risk,
    finding solutions requires
    navigation skills.

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    Communicating
    Risk

    When
    communicating risk,
    clear signals lead to
    better decisions.

Risk ™

Understanding, Managing, and Communicating Risk

Risk Sciences International, Inc. (RSI), headquartered in Ottawa (Canada), specializes in understanding, managing, and communicating risks that impact health, personal livelihoods, property, public infrastructure, the environment, regulatory compliance, stakeholder expectations, and broader societal, industrial, and governmental activities.

RSI provides a range of quantitative and qualitative decision-support services.

These services empower RSI's diverse public, private, and civil society clients to make better-informed choices when addressing present or emerging risks. The work is performed by a team of qualified and experienced scientists, engineers, and other skilled professionals who are committed to reducing uncertainty by providing decision-makers with the highest quality evidence and guidance.

For those who need to better understand, manage, or communicate risks, Risk Sciences International provides the necessary evidence, methods, tools, and counsel to make more informed decisions.

The Risk Sciences International toolbox

Tackling risk requires tools, hence the RSI toolbox which is divided into three familiar pillars.
Whether you need to understand, manage, or communicate risk, RSI has experience picking the right method to provide decision support.

Featured tools

Among the tools listed in our three U | M | C pillars above, some stand for being the most often requested.

Pillars | Managing risk

Technological solutions

Pillars | Understanding risk

Risk assessments

Pillars | Managing risk

Risk-based decision-making

Pillars | Communicating risk

Communication strategies

Pillars | Understanding risk

Risk factors

A 60-month sampling of our areas of expertise

Please find below some of the many fields in which RSI has intervened over the past five years (2017-present). Note that these are only some of our sectors among those dating back to 2006. Also note that RSI staff professional experience stretches back into the 1950s.

Featured area of expertise

Public transport

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Food safety

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Air quality

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Drinking water

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Chemical safety

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Public health

and several more...

Some of the actual projects we have worked on

A small sampling of work performed by RSI staff... (in no particular order)

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Consultations
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Methodology

HIV / AIDS

10-year global campaign to raise awareness on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and support the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment

Nuclear power

Scientific advice and content for nuclear power reactor licensing

Governance

Crisis management during critical election cycle of a United Nations agency

Pharmaceutical

Analysis of events and processes that lead to a contraceptive drug recall

Cancer

Production of 'Cancer is...' - a five-part television documentary series on the state of cancer worldwide

Waste

Strategic guidance to an international convention on transboundary waste

Flooding

Communications strategy for a national flood portal designed to make citizens aware of risks to their property if left unprotected or uninsured

Blood services

Conception of a coherent risk management framework to guide decision-making on the delivery of blood services by stakeholders

Smoke

Perception analysis of wildfire smoke to also support revisions of the health messages used in the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI)

Airport

Analysis of major international airport's traffic and logistics patterns and their risks

Assessment platform

Concept development and deployment of an industry-specific, climate resilience platform

Municipal risk

Online municipal risk and return on investment tool

Fluoride

Expert panel organized to provide national guidance on fluoride in drinking water

Manganism

Updating of clinical diagnostic criteria for manganism

Country foods

Organization of national expert forum on country foods

Plasma

Creation of Plasma Risk Management Model related to national immunoglobulin (IVIG) supply

Food safety

Creation of Problem Formulation Framework for multilateral food safety authority

Cognitive decline

Synthesis of evidence regarding the effect of aging on cognitive abilities of physicians

Artificial intelligence

Framework and methodology on transition away from testing chemicals on animals

RSI 3x3 Granularity matrix

A 3x3 Matrix explaining how RSI works from the high level policy level right down to the most precise and granular level, in each of the three cases, across our three pillars: understanding, managing, and communicating risk.

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at the policy level at the policy level at the policy level
at the process level at the process level at the process level
at the precise level at the precise level at the precise level
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    Understanding

    risk

Understanding
policy risk

In today's complex landscape, from intricate compliance mandates to unpredictable market forces, decision-makers in boardrooms and government offices face defining challenges and decisions. Institutional resilience and sustainability depends on identifying and understanding medium- to long-term risks while uncovering new opportunities. In all cases, senior leaders need risk guidance that rises to the level of their higher needs.

Understanding policy risk

RSI...

RSI leverages its extensive experience in high-level risk policy to offer tailored analysis that directly addresses the unique needs of senior policymakers, boards, investors, and top executives.

Understanding
process risk

Investors, managers, and consultants are aware of the risks associated with what one 'does'. If you build or deliver it, there is a risk that can ultimately affect staff, customers, even society. How about a virtual or ancillary process? How important is it to understand risks and opportunities associated with new HR software or a manufacturing approach? 'Doing' something requires an understanding of risk.

Understanding process risk

RSI...

RSI excels at uncovering obscured elements in processes. Crucial details can lurk within manuals or a single worker's practice. Identifying these hidden threats is key to understanding process risk. RSI combines science and experience to address the toughest process risk challenges.

Understanding
precise risk

Working on high-level or process risks matters. Working on the risk of a detail can matter as much, if not more. Many clients need to discover the risks associated with a specific chemical or a highly specific aspect of an enterprise or specialized activity. What will be the impact on a community if a factory's output increases by 7%? What will be the impact to São Luís, if the temperature rises by one degree?

Understanding precise risk

RSI...

RSI is dedicated to each segment of its 3x3 service matrix. Many clients appreciate our focus on 'understanding precise risk'. While RSI offers a broad range of services, its approach to both policy and process levels is distinct. Furthermore, RSI places emphasis on detailed intervention, with the team skilled in nuanced analysis.

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    Managing

    risk

Managing
policy risk

In decision settings, effective risk management extends beyond subject-matter expertise; it demands an understanding of the institutional nuances and limitations faced by senior leaders and stakeholders. A board chairman, CEO, or secretary-general decides based on risks and opportunities that are forcibly different than operational-level decisions. These decisions are not necessarily more important; they are, however, different in scope.

Managing policy risk

RSI...

RSI's team, with members who have held top roles across private, public, and civil society sectors, offers pragmatic risk management support for leadership. Their expertise ensures reliable advice for managing high-level organizational risks.

Managing
process risk

Traditionally, most of the risk-related services offered by consultancies, concentrate on process risk management. Unfortunately, in too many cases, the focus is on exclusively making a system more efficient as opposed to addressing risks and uncovering opportunities. While efficiency is important, evaluating, calculating, preventing, and solving risk challenges is far more critical to an organization's sustainability or growth.

Managing process risk

RSI...

RSI concentrates on solutions that enhance efficiency while emphasizing risk prevention, mitigation, or adaptation. While offering technical assistance and service deployment, RSI consistently prioritizes capacity-building. In essence, teaching how to fish...

Managing
precise risk

Fixing little things is often what keeps big things safe. Whereas managing a broader process relies heavily on knowing what to do, fixing a detail – or any smaller unit – requires reliable 'evidence' and sticking to that evidence when applying the fix. Managing risk at the level of minutiae is only possible if one has access to scientific, mathematical, and other evidence-based sources, without - of course - forgetting the right tools.

Managing precise risk

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Science is pivotal, and RSI scientists stand out in detailed risk analysis. Equally vital is RSI's use of advanced computer models, decision tools, and credible evidence sources. Grasping details, or RSI's termed 'precision level' of a process, underpins RSI's offering and success.

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    Communicating

    risk

Communicating
policy risk

Navigating risk communication and perception for high tiers involves engaging diverse stakeholders while maintaining tone and expectations. Importantly, high-level communication requires an understanding of needs at all levels ranging from the consumer or citizen to a country president or major investor but also to media externally and staff internally. At this level, the key risk communication phrase is 'range of messaging.'

Communicating policy risk

RSI...

In risk-based, high-stakes policy messaging, trial-and-error doesn't suffice—words carry weight. RSI excels in this arena, offering services from media statements to policy documents, whether simple text or a full global campaign.

Communicating
process risk

Communicating the risk of a process is not new. For centuries, humans  have warned each other of the best or safest way to avoid or improve 'something'. And while details matter, messages must be delivered concisely to be effective. More so than policy-level communication, process-level communication requires extreme clarity. People need to be both motivated by the message but also be able to understand it fully.

Communicating process risk

RSI...

RSI prioritizes messaging goals. Dictating 'what' to do differs from equipping individuals with decision-making knowledge. Every RSI process risk communication starts with: "What is the message's goal?" For instance, is it more impactful to instruct a machine operator to keep the 'red lever down', or to explain how this action saves lives?

Communicating
precise risk

When communicating highly-detailed, well-referenced, or scientifically-precise information, clarity and relevance are mission-critical. Clarity means eliminating ambiguity or complexity; relevance requires an understanding of the target's expectations or needs. Relaying the findings of a specific chemical, for instance, will be quite different when targeting a community leader than a highly technical regulator.

Communicating precise risk

RSI...

Communicating precise level risk is intricate. It demands presenting evidence intelligibly for experts and clearly for those seeking core insights without minutiae. RSI boasts a history of conveying information with reader-tailored language, imagery, data, and crucially, tone.