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Root Cause Analysis Fundamentals

Root Cause Analysis (RCA), when used effectively, can identify and address deepest-seated causes of latent organizational and programmatic weaknesses within businesses operations. 

Using effective RCA tools and techniques, organizations can identify the root causes and take actions to prevent their recurrence.   

By understanding the principles and practices of RCA, organizations can enhance their problem-solving capabilities, strengthen their decision-making processes, drive continuous improvement, and foster a culture of innovation and resilience.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Root Cause Analysis Definition: Root cause analysis is a systematic process for identifying the underlying causes of problems or issues within a business or organization.
  • Importance of RCA: Recognizing and addressing root causes is crucial for preventing recurring issues, strengthening decision-making processes, and promoting continuous improvement and innovation.
  • RCA Tools and Techniques: Depending on the types of issues being evaluated (i.e., human errors, equipment failures, programmatic breakdowns), there are various qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques that can be used in conducting RCA.
    Tools such as events and causal factors charts, Pareto charts, barrier analysis, process maps, fault tree analysis, statistical analysis and control charts, can be used. 
  • Benefits of Implementing RCA: By implementing RCA in business practices, organizations can prevent recurring issues, improve their safety culture, strengthen decision-making processes, enhance organizational effectiveness, foster continuous improvement and innovation, and reduce operating costs.
  • Application in Real-World Scenarios: Case studies from various industries illustrate the transformative impact of RCA in resolving critical issues and driving operational excellence.
    By applying RCA principles, organizations can effectively resolve complex challenges and achieve exceptional results. 
What is Root Cause Analysis (RCA)?

What is Root Cause Analysis (RCA)?

Root Cause Analysis is a systematic method used to identify the underlying causes of problems, incidents and accidents, rather than just addressing their symptoms.  

Symptoms are the most obvious and visible manifestations of deeper problems. Consider a sick patient that goes to their doctor with a fever.  If the doctor were to only treat the symptom (the fever) without determining what is causing it, the patient would not get better because the underlying problem was not addressed.

Root Cause Analysis Core Principles

Many core principles guide the practice of RCA, which is focused on identifying the underlying causes of issues rather than just addressing their symptoms.

  1. Critical Thinking: Critical thinking is the ability to gather, organize and analyze data in a careful, systematic way. It means questioning assumptions, collecting relevant information, and evaluating multiple perspectives to reach well-reasoned conclusions.

    Understanding critical thinking helps with gathering and organizing information for data analysis and causal analysis.

  2. Systems Thinking: Another key principle for conducting effective RCAs is Systems Thinking; the application of the principles of Systems Theory, which helps us to recognize the interconnectedness of complex systems and the need to understand how various components interact and influence each other.

    Systems thinking requires us to look at the whole system, not just parts. For example, instead of focusing only on at-risk behaviors by humans we also need to consider what else was happening around them when they made mistakes (such as programs/processes/procedures/management expectations/equipment & material interfaces/external pressures).

  3. Evidence-Based Decisions and The Elimination of Bias: Nothing kills critical thinking like bias. Skilled RCA practitioners know that decisions must be based on evidence, not assumption or bias.

    This involves systematically collecting and analyzing data to support conclusions and recommendations. Another key part of valid RCA is avoiding our own biases as well as those from subject matter experts we may consult with.

    Bias comes in many forms during an RCA process – it’s our job to recognize them all and do our best in removing each one.

  4. Data vs. Causal Analysis: There is a clear distinction between data analysis and causal analysis, but the distinction is often blurred.  Available information and data should be organized in a manner that can be best analyzed.  For example, timelines, Pareto charts, fault trees, process maps, control charts, etc.

    Data analysis provides us with performance insights that can be used in causal analysis. Causal analysis is the application of cause and effect analysis, which is how we arrive at the deepest-seated causes.

  5. Generating Great Questions: Arguably the most important guiding principle is the development of unbiased, focused, evidence-based questions. Questions that come from performance insights from data analysis, which are then used as lines of inquiry in our causal analysis.

    With an effective set of lines of inquiry, we can harness the expertise within the organization as well as bring in external subject matter experts that will answer our lines of inquiry questions, and using cause and effect analysis, we will uncover the deepest-seated causes of our problems, incidents and accidents.

  6. Focus on Identifying the Deepest-Seated Causes: RCA aims to identify and address the underlying root causes of problems rather than merely treating the symptoms. By focusing on root causes, organizations can develop lasting solutions that prevent problems from recurring.

    However, the classic definition of a Root Cause has misled us for decades: “if we correct the root causes, the problem or event being investigated will not recur.”  This actually causes RCAs to stop too soon. 

    A modern definition of a root cause (developed by BlueDragon creator Rob De La Espriella), is: “those deep-seated causes, that if corrected, will prevent the recurrence of not only the event being investigated, but many other types of events.”

  7. Continuous Improvement: RCA Programs help establish a culture of continuous improvement, where problem-solving is not a one-time event but an ongoing process.

    By regularly assessing performance, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing corrective actions, organizations can continuously enhance their processes and outcomes.

  8. Collaboration and Engagement: RCA Programs require collaboration and stakeholder engagement during the problem-solving efforts.

    By involving diverse perspectives and expertise, organizations can develop more comprehensive and effective solutions.

    For RCA programs to be effective, management must encourage the active participation and buy-in from all levels of the organization. 

Main Objectives of Effective Root Cause Analysis Programs

  • Effective RCA Programs aim to empower teams to make informed decisions based on in-depth analysis and understanding of the root causes of problems.  

  • Effective RCA Programs enable organizations to develop strategies that address issues and events of varying degrees of complexity and significance, provide the structured methodology to evaluate the issues and identify the deepest-seated causes, and provide strategies that effectively prevent future occurrences. 

  • Effective RCA Programs are scalable such that minor issues can also be analyzed efficiently and effectively, but with less rigor than that required for more complex and significant problems.
  • Effective RCA Programs will ultimately lead to enhanced performance, lower operating costs and increased customer satisfaction.  

Key Benefits of Root Cause Analysis

  1. Prevents Recurring Issues:
    Once root causes of problems are identified, businesses can implement corrective actions to prevent similar issues from occurring in the future. This proactive approach not only saves time and resources but also helps improve overall operational efficiency.

  2. Reduces Costs and Optimizes Resources:
    Organizations can implement targeted solutions that drive cost savings and optimize resource utilization by uncovering the core factors contributing to inefficiencies, waste, or unnecessary expenses.

  3. Strengthens the Decision-Making Processes:
    Root cause analysis strengthens decision-making by providing a structured way to analyze and assess problems. It helps organizations make well-informed decisions that go beyond merely treating symptoms. This approach leads to more effective and lasting solutions, driving business growth and success.

  4. Enhances Operational Efficiency: Unlike traditional problem-solving methods that merely address surface-level issues, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a rigorous and holistic process that gets to the underlying deepest-seated causes of problems.

    For businesses, this means the opportunity to enhance operational efficiency by identifying and resolving core issues that may be hindering productivity.

    By implementing solutions based on RCA findings, organizations can streamline processes, eliminate bottlenecks, and optimize workflow for maximum efficiency.

  5. Improves Product Quality: Operational excellence is intrinsically linked to product quality. RCA plays a crucial role in improving product quality by pinpointing the root causes of defects, errors, or deviations in production processes.

    Addressing these underlying issues not only leads to immediate quality improvements but also establishes a framework for ongoing quality assurance.

    By leveraging RCA insights, businesses can proactively identify and rectify factors that compromise product quality, ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction and brand reputation.

    This can lead to higher customer satisfaction, increased sales, and a stronger market position.

  6. Fosters a Proactive Workplace Culture: Optimization of operational processes through RCA not only improves efficiency and quality but also fosters a proactive workplace culture.

    By encouraging employees to identify and address the root causes of recurring problems, organizations empower their teams to take ownership of process improvement and problem-solving.

    This proactive approach cultivates a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and accountability, laying the foundation for long-term success and growth.

  7. Bolsters Team Collaboration and Accountability: Conducting RCA not only enhances operational efficiency and quality but also bolsters team collaboration and accountability within an organization.

    By involving team members in the RCA and solution implementation process, businesses tap into diverse perspectives, knowledge, and expertise, facilitating comprehensive problem-solving and decision-making that optimizes operational processes and drives sustainable outcomes.

    This collaborative approach promotes accountability as employees take ownership of identifying and addressing root causes, fostering a culture of transparency, teamwork, and continuous improvement.

  8. Creates Continuous Improvement and Drives Innovation: Implementing RCA in businesses promotes a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

    By encouraging employees to identify and address root causes of problems, organizations can foster a mindset of learning and growth.

    This leads to the development of new ideas and solutions that drive creativity and innovation, ultimately helping businesses stay ahead of the competition.

All things considered, Root Cause Analysis is a powerful tool that offers a wide range of benefits for businesses looking to enhance efficiency, decision-making processes, problem-solving, and innovation.

By implementing RCA in business processes, organizations can not only prevent recurring issues but also strengthen their decision-making capabilities, resolve existing problems, and drive continuous improvement and innovation, ultimately leading to sustained success in today’s competitive business landscape.

Steps to Perform an Effective Root Cause Analysis 

Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Programs are an integral aspect of continuous improvement.  Follow these 8 steps to effectively uncover and address the root causes of issues of your organization.

Here are the key steps to kicking off and performing effective RCAs. 

  1. Track & Trend Issues and Initiate RCAs for Events and Negative Trends:

    Continuous monitoring and documentation of performance discrepancies, such as deviations or non-conformances, are critical. These should be logged within a tracking system.Periodically, this system should be analyzed to spot negative trends. An RCA is often initiated by management when issues surpass predefined thresholds. Periodic trend analysis can also prompt management to proactively start an RCA to address underlying causes of observed trends, preventing larger future issues.

  2. Define the Problem:

    A problem statement should succinctly encapsulate the issue needing resolution and be based on sufficient initial information.
    Important details include the nature of the incident, the individuals involved, the location, timing, the sequence of events, and the severity of the impact. Speculations or assumptions about potential causes should be avoided in the problem statement.

  3. Gather and Organize Evidence and Data:

    Establishing a method for swiftly collecting data post-incident is advisable. These are typically known as “fact-finding sessions” or “critiques.” Gathering precise data from involved personnel and reviewing existing safeguards (administrative, physical, cybersecurity) enhances the quality of the investigation.

  4. Analyze the Evidence and Data and Generate Lines of Inquiry Questions:

    It’s essential to distinguish between simple data analysis and causal analysis. Initially, data is organized through various methods like timelines, Pareto charts, or process maps to facilitate detailed examination. Insights from this analysis help formulate unbiased, fact-based inquiry questions, setting the stage for the causal analysis phase.

  5. Conduct Cause & Effect Analysis to Identify the Deepest-Seated Root Causes: 

    After developing inquiry questions based on the analyzed data, the next step involves deep causal analysis using Socratic questioning techniques, also referred to as the 5 Whys.This process helps trace issues to their most fundamental causes, typically uncovering multiple contributing factors.

  6. Develop Actions to Prevent Recurrence:

    Corrective actions often rely too heavily on administrative measures. Instead, integrating advanced strategies like Lean Mistake Proofing and applying the Hierarchy of Hazard Controls can significantly enhance the effectiveness of corrective actions. It’s important to acknowledge the variable nature of human actions and manage expectations regarding the elimination of issues.

  7. Determine the Effectiveness of Corrective Actions:

    After implementing corrective actions, an Effectiveness Review should be conducted to assess their impact and check for unintended side effects. This review should follow a structured plan, including verification methods, a review schedule, and predefined criteria for success.

  8. Continue to Monitor Performance:

    Closing the loop on continuous improvement necessitates ongoing performance assessments and documentation of even minor issues to prevent escalation.

These basic steps are essential to an effective RCA Program that leads to a deeper understanding of issues and facilitates meaningful solutions. RCA Programs are instrumental in driving continuous improvement and problem-solving within your organization.

Traditional Tools and Techniques used in Root Cause Analysis

Various tools and techniques have been developed over the past century. They provide structured approaches to uncover the underlying reasons behind problems and implement corrective actions.

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1. Control charts (1920)

Control charts were developed by Walter A. Shewhart at Bell Laboratories in the 1920s. Control charts are used to distinguish between common cause and special cause variation in a process. 

2. Barrier Analysis (1930s)

H.W. Heinrich introduced the Barrier Analysis technique in the 1930s, focusing on identifying barriers that protect targets from hazards.

3. 5 Whys (1930s)

Developed by Sakichi Toyoda, the 5 Whys technique is used to drill down to the root cause of problems. It became a key tool in the Toyota Production System in the 1950s.

4. The Fishbone Diagram (1940s)

Created by Dr. Ishikawa, the Fishbone Diagram categorizes potential problem causes into branches like Man, Method, Machine, aiding in brainstorming root causes. 

5. Failure Modes And Effects Analysis (1940s)

FMEA is a systematic approach to identifying failures in a process and assessing their impact, first developed by the U.S. military in the late 1940s.

6. Pareto Charts (1940s)

Based on the Pareto principle, Pareto charts visually chart the frequency of elements to focus efforts on critical issues, recognized by Joseph Juran in the 1940s.

7. Task/Change Analysis (1940s):

Task analysis emerged during WWII, assessing tasks to minimize risks. 

Change Analysis evaluates deviations from planned steps.

8. Event & Causal Factors Charts (1960s):

Developed by the NTSB in the 1960s, Event & Causal Factors Charts show timelines of incidents to determine root causes.

9. Fault Tree Analysis (1962):

Developed at Bell Laboratories, FTA assesses the reliability of systems by analyzing potential failure events and interrelationships.

10. Management Oversight Risk Tree (1970s):

Developed by William G. Johnson, MORT evaluates risks and system vulnerabilities.

How BlueDragon Has Modernized Root Cause Analysis 

The BlueDragon Integrated Problem-solving System (IPS) is a first-of-a-kind universal system for root cause analysis, accident investigations and enterprise risk management assessments. 

The BlueDragon system was created between 2015 and 2020 and is specifically designed for the challenges of today’s technology-driven world. 

This modern, sophisticated system integrates the best elements of traditional tools, including the 10 tools listed above, and adds key principles of critical thinking and systems theory, essential elements for solving complex problems in a holistic manner.  

The modern BlueDragon system uses a 3-phased approach to (1) gather, organize and analyze information, evidence and data to generate lines of inquiry questions, (2) conduct cause & effect analysis to identify the deepest-seated causes and contributors, and (3) establish effective corrective action plans to prevent the recurrence of those deep-seated causes.

In addition, BlueDragon establishes many new paradigms that make the process much more efficient and accurate than any traditional method. For example, it uses small teams of facilitators that then guide as many internal and external subject matter experts through the RCA as needed.

Also, BlueDragon charts are a storyboard that captures all of the pertinent evidence and analysis, and is finalized from the start. The RCAs are conducted in a transparent manner, validating the outcomes during the process. 

The new paradigm eliminates the need for traditional interviews and eliminates the laborious process of taking and evaluating interview notes, which is probably the most inefficient aspect of an RCA.  Key aspects of the BlueDragon universal system include: 

  • Speed and Accuracy: The integration of traditional tools and many paradigm shifts allow BlueDragon RCAs to be completed in a matter of weeks instead of months, and the holistic systems-based approach make it unbiased, extremely accurate and defendable in a court of law.
  • Enhanced Critical Thinking Skills: The framework is ideal for gathering, organizing and analyzing evidence and data, and developing factual-based, unbiased lines of inquiry questions.
  • Systems Theory Based Approach: The holistic approach attacks problems from multiple perspectives and accounts for the modern pressures between humans and technology.
  • Advanced Causal Analysis Approach: Our sophisticated hyper-integrated causal analysis technique uncovers and eliminates the deepest-seated causes of problems and events, beyond the superficial root causes.
  • Integrated Behavioral Analysis: Our evaluation of the human interface with the world around them focuses on at-risk behaviors and the error-likely situations that set humans up to fail.
  • Proactive Use Cases: BIPSS can be used to proactively evaluate the effectiveness of an organization’s line of defenses against current performance, to strengthen defenses before failures occur.
  • Enhanced Corrective Action Strategies: The system includes specific strategies for actions that have a high likelihood of preventing recurrence, such as the hierarchy of hazard controls and Lean mistake proofing.
  • Continuous Improvement Focus: The system teaches organizations to think critically and solve complex problems, creating true learning organizations and establishing continuous improvement cultures.

BlueDragon Case Studies

  1. NUCLEAR REACTOR SCRAM: A nuclear reactor experienced an automatic reactor scram due to a low level on a steam generator.

    BlueDragon’s holistic approach was used by the nuclear utility to seamlessly investigate equipment malfunctions, operator actions, programmatic requirements, and organizational dynamics.

    The investigation was completed in 4 weeks and garnered management praise for its accuracy and efficiency.

  2. CYBERSECURITY LEAKS: For over 5-years, a secure government facility was releasing unauthorized transmissions containing classified information.

    The government requested an independent third-party investigation, and BlueDragon was selected. BlueDragon completed the sensitive investigation in four weeks, uncovering deep-seated latent organizational, programmatic, and cultural weaknesses.

  3. SERIOUS WORKPLACE ACCIDENT: A subcontract laborer at a secure government facility received an electrical shock while cutting conduit during a construction project . The live wire was carrying a 208 volt, 20 amp current, and the arc shocked the worker and melted the snips.

    The BlueDragon investigation was completed in 4 days, identifying the root causes and significant contributing factors, including less than adequate subcontractor controls and the lack of a formal program for establishing a safe electrical work boundary using “air gapping.”

  4. RECURRING EQUIPMENT FAILURES: Over 11 months, the Vital Compressed Air System motors at an Army facility, responsible for destroying the nation’s inventory of Sarin and Mustard gas projectiles, failed seven times.

    As a result, BlueDragon was contracted to investigate the mechanical and electrical failure modes and identify the latent organizational and programmatic weaknesses.

    The RCA was completed in 2 weeks, all motor failure modes were addressed, their root causes identified, and the 8th motor was installed and ran without incident. 

  5. CONSTRUCTION COST OVERRUNS: The Department of Energy (DOE) contracted BlueDragon to investigate a capital asset project that exceeded its budget by more than $200 million.

    The BlueDragon team identified the root causes of the cost overruns and schedule delays, and identified $148 million in cost overruns that the DOE used to take the contractor to court.

    The DOE originally estimated it would take 50 personnel approximately four to five months to complete the investigation. A team of six BlueDragon-trained personnel completed the investigation in six weeks on a part-time basis.

  6. PROCUREMENT PROGRAM EVALUATION: The Procurement Program at a government facility was in jeopardy of not meeting the required need dates for crucial deliverables important to national security. The inability to correct the procurement issues was holding up a government contract worth billions of dollars.

    The BlueDragon RCA identified deep-seated organizational and programmatic weaknesses and provided corrective actions that paved the way for a multibillion dollar government award to that facility. 

    The RCA involved 18 organizations (including vendors), and the enterprise-level procurement program evaluation was completed in 2 weeks. 

The BlueDragon universal system is the most modern system in place today, replacing the antiquated methodologies using antiquated tools and techniques. BlueDragon empowers organizations to reach new heights of performance, protection, and preparedness. 

Leaders 
across safety-sensitive industries rely on BlueDragon investigations to improve productivity, quality, compliance, and profitability. Government agencies have used BlueDragon to solve complex problems and inform effective policies. 

Summary

Root Cause Analysis is a rigorous problem-solving approach that focuses on identifying the underlying causes of issues to prevent their recurrence and promote continuous improvement.

By delving deep into the root causes of problems, organizations can make informed decisions, strengthen their processes, and drive innovation.

The importance of RCA lies in its ability to not just address surface-level symptoms, but to dig down to the core issues that are impacting performance and success.

Traditional tools and techniques such as the 5 Whys, Fishbone charts, Barrier Analysis and others were useful in their day, but the work environment has changed dramatically since the 1980s and they are no longer equipped to deal with the complex systems in our modern sociotechnical environment. 

That’s why the BlueDragon Integrated Problem-solving System was created. The first of its kind universal problem solving system that integrates the best elements of those traditional tools, but incorporates modern principles such as Lean, Agile, High Reliability Organizations, Behavioral Analysis and more.  

With BlueDragon, businesses in today’s modern workplace can rapidly and accurately uncover the root causes of deep-seated problems and implement targeted solutions that will prevent recurrence. Case studies demonstrate how BlueDragon IPS can be applied in various contexts, from improving complex operations to enhancing manufacturing processes.

By incorporating BlueDragon IPS into their Corrective Action Programs, organizations can save lives, optimize their operations, reduce operating costs, foster a culture of continuous improvement, and achieve long-term sustainable success.

FAQ

Q: What is Root Cause Analysis (RCA)?

A: Root Cause Analysis is a generic term used to describe the systematic and rigorous effort to uncover the deepest-seated causes of problems, accidents and incidents.  It involves the gathering, organizing and analyzing of evidence, data and other information, analyzing the information using any number of tools and techniques, and conducting cause and effect analysis to uncover the root causes of the problems. 

Q: Why is Root Cause Analysis so important?

A: Root Cause Analysis is crucial because it helps organizations not only solve immediate issues but also prevent them from recurring in the future.  It involves digging deeper to uncover the fundamental reasons behind why an event occurred rather than just addressing the symptoms. By addressing root causes rather than symptoms, businesses can  implement effective solutions and drive continuous improvement.

Q: What are the key benefits of a BlueDragon RCA?

A: Using BlueDragon IPS to perform the most effective RCAs leads to many benefits, including:

  • Workplace culture: Using the system fosters transparency, accountability, and a continuous improvement of the organization’s defenses.
  • Organizational learning: By thoroughly analyzing issues and preventing recurrences, knowledge is captured and retained, building institutional memory.
  • Workforce engagement: Using the system fosters transparency, accountability, and a continuous improvement of the organization’s defenses.
  • Agility and resilience: The system uses Lean and Agile principles to efficiently solve problems and prevent their recurrence, allowing organizations to quickly return to normal operations. 
  • Reduced bias and subjectivity: The system provides techniques for minimizing cognitive biases (i.e.,  confirmation bias, bandwagon effect, etc.) and eliminating subjectivity.
  • Equipment reliability: Using the system to evaluate and eliminate the root causes of recurring equipment issues improves their performance and reliability.
  • Mission assurance: The system accounts for the complex dynamics of the modern sociotechnical work environment, reduces time spent on recurring issues and returns lost resources to mission critical tasks.
  • Regulatory and public trust: Self-identification and resolution of problems and events improves the trust and confidence of regulators and the public’s perception.
  • Critical thinking skills: The system is focused on enhancing the organization’s analytical, creative, and critical thinking abilities, which are critical soft skills that will help in all areas of an enterprise.
  • Competitive advantage: A workforce that is highly skilled in critical thinking and problem-solving will improve performance, lower operating costs, and will gain a competitive advantage over its rivals.

Q: How have traditional tools and techniques used in RCA changed?

A: The traditional tools and techniques used in RCA such as the 5 Whys, Fishbone charts, Barrier Analysis and others (as listed above) were developed between the 1920s and 1970s. 

The vast majority of RCA methodologies in place today continue to use these dated tools individually, resulting in inefficient and less than accurate results.

The BlueDragon Integrated Problem-solving System was created between 2015 and 2020, and is specifically designed for solving problems in the modern workplace, using a scalable and holistic approach that can tackle simple issues as well as the most complex and even wicked problems, all under a universal framework.

This modern and universal approach is much faster and more accurate and any of its predecessors.   

Q: What are the use cases for Root Cause Analysis in real-world scenarios?

A: Root Cause Analysis can be applied in numerous real-world scenarios and is especially useful in regulated industries. Here are some examples of typical use cases for RCA: 

  1. Decreasing Aviation Tragedies: Uncovering human and systemic factors behind military and civilian accidents and close calls to prevent recurrence and enhance safety across the aviation ecosystem.
  2. Optimizing Energy Operations: Analyzing challenges across nuclear, chemical, oil/gas, and utility operations to boost performance, compliance, safety, and resiliency.
  3. Preventing Industrial Disasters: Analyzing high-consequence incidents at manufacturing, chemical, mining, oil & gas, and construction sites to determine root causes and prevent recurrence.
  4. Reducing Workplace Accidents: Conducting rigorous investigations of workplace accidents that result in severe injuries and loss of life to identify root causes and prevent future tragedies.
  5. Securing Sensitive Data: Pinpointing vulnerabilities that enable cyber breaches leading to compromised customer data, stolen intellectual property, and costly recovery efforts.
  6. Strengthening National Security: Assessing and eliminating security gaps in vital installations that put classified information, critical infrastructure, and assets vital to our national security at risk.
  7. Bolstering Military Readiness: Pinpointing the root causes of recurring operational, materiel, training, recruiting, and retention issues impacting force preparedness and capabilities.
  8. Reinforcing Law Enforcement: Supporting investigations to the strengthen evidence collection, analysis, and problem-solving capabilities of local, state and federal law enforcement.
  9. Protecting Patient Health: Investigating medical product defects, pharmaceutical errors, mistakes in patient care, diagnosis, and treatment, to enhance safety, quality, and outbreak preparedness.
  10. Improving Our Education Systems: Analyzing challenges in learning, instruction, and administration to create systemic improvements in student achievement in key areas such as literacy.
  11. Strengthening Supply Chains: Assessing vulnerabilities in supplier networks and procurement processes leading to production/distribution slowdowns, quality issues, and shortage risks.
  12. Improving Government Services: Evaluating government agency operations, policy implementation, and public-facing services to boost effectiveness, and responsible utilization of taxpayer funds.
  13. Preparing for Emergencies: Analyzing disaster response protocols, emergency operations plans, and organizational resilience to strengthen preparedness for storms, pandemics, and other crises.
  14. Evaluating Major Investments: Conducting due diligence on proposed venture capital and private equity investments, and capital asset projects, to avoid costly technology, operational, compliance, and human capital risks post-investment.
  15. And Many More! 

For additional information on what BlueDragon IPS can do for your organization, check BlueDragon IPS or you can CONTACT US. 

 

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