1. Addressed issue of Lance Ramsey Excel spreadsheet of the US national security strategy interests in the NIE's target countries. Assessing the expressed US strategic interest in each country will, at a minimum, let analysts focus on what US decision makers have said is the US interest in each country -- then region. All M&P team members agreed to approach the wiki with a scaleable set of criterion and discussed how to standardize procedure.

2. Aware of the US interest in a country/region, we must then address the severity of the interest and impact. To what degree with chronic and infectious diseases affect the US interest there -- mildly to severely? Here are the five goals of the US interest in country X, to what degree will disease affect each?
  • Decide on scale: If using a 1-5 scale, what is a one? What's a 5?
  • Decide on what scale means

Numbers behind the estimate will bring continuity to the NIE and make it difficult to ignore. Increases chances of being published.

Three-legged stool:
1. Health Care System
2. Chronic and Infectious Diseases
3. US National Interest

Need a chart of the world and the scale of chronic and infectious diseases. Mortality rates ranking, etc. Either find it or create it.

In social sciences, called the "Coding Problem" -- classic problem, fundamental research issue. Have to get over it -- yes, it's subjective -- deal with it.

Establish the chart with respect to available data -- then give analyst the ability to change the numerical ranking within one degree. System for allowances if need to address moving it more.

Need:

1. Status of Public Health Care Systems in countries (2000 Global Health Report?)
2. Countries' exposure to chronic and infectious diseases -- use mortality rates per 100,000 people (could serve as proxy) or HALE Rates?

To Do:

  • Each Geographic Team needs to fill in its region on the Excel chart of US Strategic Interests by 12 Friday 2007.
    • Need to standardize who will update chart (and how) -- to avoid conflicting versions.
  • Get databases we need and rank order countries of the world by 12 Friday 2007.
  • Save Excel sheet to individual geographic team pages and manipulate according to team stats. Do NOT link to original (main) chart. M&P team will meet and combine charts.
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