A Framework for Assessing Regulations and Initiatives with Goals and Watson Analytics

Regulations are introduced to ensure the well-being, safety, and other societal needs of citizens and organizations. Yet, regulators often have difficulties assessing the performance of their regulations, and whether regulatory initiatives actually improve compliance. This project’s main objective is to investigate the suitability of a framework combining a standardized goal modeling notation with an existing cloud-based analytics and visualization tool (IBM Watson Analytics) for assessing compliance to regulations as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of regulatory initiatives. The intern will develop goal models for two regulations and companion initiatives from Environment and Climate Change Canada, and use existing data to analyse compliance and performance. Watson Analytics will help understand and interactively visualize correlations and trends. This framework will help regulators detect and understand, in an evidence-based and usable way, which parts of their initiatives and regulations do not work as expected, and enable them to take appropriate improvement actions.

Faculty Supervisor:

Gregory Richards


Okhaide Akhigbe


IBM Canada


Engineering - computer / electrical


Information and communications technologies




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