The Shared Information Framework is built in five phases.
The first phase combines a Sovereignty First desk assessment of the country with the client's own assessment of the country, using INCA as a common vocabulary. The value of an INCA assessment is that it measures the sovereign, economic, and social capacity of a country to adapt to threats and opportunities, and it simple to understand.
- Ideal to communicate about the country within your organization and with partners.
- 4 months.
The second phase adds the insights of local experts in each of INCA 17 dimensions. Sovereignty First, the client, and a score of local experts are able to use INCA as a common vocabulary. The value of a local-experts-INCA assessment is that it includes expert local perspectives rarely included in assessments.
- Ideal if you need a range of on-the-ground insights for your investment.
- 6 months.
The third phase changes who does the assessing—from assessments by experts to assessments by influential local, regional, and international organizations ("prime actors"). Prime actors assess the country using INCA, and assess each other's influence, importance, and motivations. For participating prime actors, INCA begins to become a common vocabulary. The value of a prime-actor-assessment is that it reveals how prime actors see the country and each other in dramatically different ways, and thus how unreliable every perspective is.
- Ideal if you need to understand the reliability of the information on which your success depends, and if you need to understand the trustworthiness and influence of a number of different organizations.
- 8 months.
The fourth phase is the Shared Information Framework's unique contribution. Whereas the third phase revealed how much the assessments of different prime actors differed, the fourth phase aims to bring most of the prime actors into agreement about what they perceive. Over rounds of assessment, with feedback about the assessments among the prime actor participants, coaching, and events that bring them together, prime actors move to a common understanding of the country and each other. The value of common understanding is it that makes the environment and the actions of other prime actors easier to predict.
- Ideal if you need a relatively transparent environment in order to create financial instruments or to initiate and negotiate an enforceable multiparty agreement. Also ideal if you are locked into a long position on a project with high political risk or that is already suffering setbacks and delays.
- 6 years.
The fifth phase continues the work of the previous phase. Once a common understanding has been achieved among most prime actors, it should be extended to all prime actors, to new actors entering the space, and to new leaders of already active prime actor organizations. The value of growing and deepening common understanding is that it makes it easier to negotiate enforceable multiparty agreements.
- Ideal if you need long-term transparency and predictability in a country, or if your goal for a country is sovereignty, stability, and development.