Nexus Associates, Inc. is an economics and management consulting firm based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Established in 1991, the firm specializes in research, planning, and evaluation. They work with multilateral organizations, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and universities throughout the world.
Nexus Associates works with organizations to address critical social and economic issues. They undertake research, plan initiatives, and evaluate results. Whether the focus is on fostering the growth of new businesses, promoting the competitiveness of key industries, or encouraging the use of renewable energy, they are committed to helping their clients improve their performance and achieve their stated objectives.
They work with senior management on issues of significant importance to their organizations. Projects can be as short as a few months or extend over many years. They tailor their approach to meet the particular needs of each client.
They are widely recognized for their independence. Their clients come to us expecting objective analysis and an honest assessment of the facts.
EXPERTISE AND SERVICES
Nexus Associates, Inc. provides economics and management consulting services. Working in close cooperation with their clients, they undertake research, plan initiatives, and evaluate results. They use qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques to answer key questions posed by their clients. Methodologies include interviews, focus groups, written surveys, case studies, financial modeling, and statistical and econometric analysis.
Nexus Associates is particularly well known for its work in program evaluation. They work with their clients to delineate program objectives, develop program logic models, define appropriate performance indicators, and design and implement data collection strategies. They have developed various approaches to assess program impacts, including participant assessments, case studies, and quasi-experimental designs.
They have expertise in various fields, including the following:
They have considerable expertise in evaluating a broad range of programs. Over the past few years alone, they have undertaken evaluations of programs designed to reform business regulations, streamline administrative procedures, improve access to capital, improve labor conditions, and address deficiencies in energy markets. As a result of their experience, they have gained considerable insight into factors that contribute to the success of programs.
Nexus Associates is committed to providing sound, objective information that stakeholders can use to make decisions regarding needed changes in design, operations and resource allocation. There are several elements of their approach that merit emphasis:
They view evaluation foremost as a management tool.
They base evaluations on explicit program theories.
They address multiple dimensions of performance.
They develop and use appropriate measures of performance.
They have expertise in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs that aim to support the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a wide range of areas, including access to finance, business development services, worker skills training, value chain integration, technology innovation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and corporate social responsibility. They have worked with numerous organizations to delineate program objectives, develop program logic models, define appropriate performance indicators, develop data collection strategies and management information systems, and undertake qualitative and quantitative analyses.
Science and Technology
They have helped policy-makers and other stakeholders formulate, implement, and evaluate science and technology programs. They have undertaken projects related to life sciences, information and communications technology (ICT), manufacturing, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.
They have tremendous experience in designing, implementing and evaluating programs aimed at strengthening the investment climate. They have particular expertise in business registration and licensing, investment policy and promotion, alternative dispute resolution, and private-public dialogue. They understand the major drivers of success as well as common pitfalls, particularly in the context of developing countries.
They have considerable experience designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs that are intended to support a greater reliance on renewable energy. Areas of expertise include photovoltaics (PV), fuel cells, renewable energy credits ("green tags"), carbon credits, financing of renewable energy projects, and market-based incentives for power producers, suppliers, and customers. They have undertaken projects in the United States as well as developing countries.