The OECD.AI Policy Observatory Catalogue of Tools & Metrics for Trustworthy AI makes it easier to help AI actors to build and deploy AI systems that are trustworthy. These tools and metrics are designed to help AI actors develop and use trustworthy AI systems and applications that respect human rights and are fair, transparent, explainable, robust, secure and safe. BetterBeliefs was selected and added to the catalogue as a trustworthy tool in March 2023.
Who are we:
Informed by Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), philosophy, statistics and business innovation, BetterBeliefs is an inclusive, evidence-based stakeholder engagement platform for justified and actionable decision making.
What problem does our tool solve?
Aligning with values of a participatory democracy BetterBeliefs helps organisations effectively engage with stakeholders and choose better ideas to move forward with.
A better idea is:
– has diverse stakeholder buy-in
– emerges from a timely, systematic, transparent, repeatable and auditable process
BetterBeliefs enables confident and efficient decision making including: development of strategies, policies, action plans, roadmaps, incentives, grants, processes, schemes, procurement etc…
– Qld: BetterBeliefs helped Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) use extensive Queensland stakeholder engagement data to inform their 2030 Strategy
– National: BetterBeliefs helped Jericho Disruptive Innovation Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF), Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) and Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS) develop an ethical AI framework for Defence in Australia
– International: BetterBeliefs worked with Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects (ELSA) Lab Defence Netherlands, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at Reichman University Modern War Institute at Westpoint, West Point Lieber Institute, and the End of War Project and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands at the Responsible AI in the Military Domain (REAIM) Summit The Hague, 15-16 Feb 2023 to facilitate dialogues at breakout events on weaponised drones, operationalising AI principles and using AI to reduce civilian harm .
It can be challenging for decision makers to systematically justify decisions that are: informed by diverse stakeholders (allows sufficient engagement); evidence-based (incorporate a wide range of evidence types including messy, unstructured data that are evaluated by stakeholders); and efficient (decision making proceeds in a logical and finite progression given risk and urgency). So, how can government respectfully engage stakeholders and be empowered to make decisions?
How does it work?
BetterBeliefs solves the challenge of government decision with a familiar ‘social media’ like interface and intuitive interactions and a powerful ‘Evidence Engine’ in the back end.
– like or dislike hypotheses posed on the platform (these work like social media posts).
– add supporting or refuting evidence for hypotheses (these work like comments on social media posts)
– rate evidence items out of five stars (like rating books on Good Reads)
– add hypotheses that they think should be considered (with evidence of course!)
– create an evidence-based and inclusive culture by seeding the platform with diverse hypotheses and evidence
– runs workshops and events to seek stakeholder engagement on the platform
– download a spreadsheet of data from stakeholder engagement
– filter ideas based on degree of belief (calculated from likes and dislikes) and weight of evidence (determined through both the quality and quantity of evidence for a hypothesis)
– write reports with recommendations to justify decisions using BetterBeliefs data plus their own reasoning and deep expertise.
Watch this brief 10min video of using the platform (10min).
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