Facilitation and Policy Strategy

A decade of work on the Global Entrepreneurship Index has given us a broad and deep understanding of
entrepreneurship ecosystems – GEDI might be the only organization in the world with this knowledge. Now we’re
partnering with governments and companies around the globe to apply that knowledge through policy action. To
support policy design that draws on the analysis we do for the Global Entrepreneurship Index, we’ve developed an
Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Facilitation Process that combines “hard” GEI data with the “soft” insights of different
ecosystem stakeholders for a deeper, evidence-based understanding of the inner workings about your country’s
entrepreneurship ecosystem. While our index pinpoints strengths and weaknesses for closer examination, a more
comprehensive understanding requires that “soft” insights be drawn out from different stakeholders of the
entrepreneurship ecosystem. This is what the facilitation process is designed to elicit.

The GEDI Institute’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Facilitation Process comprises five steps:

1. Conduct a Stakeholder Engagement Meeting to create a shared understanding of the bottlenecks in the
country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
2. Once the bottlenecks have been agreed, organize Stakeholder Engagement Meetings and Focus Groups to
uncover the mechanisms that drive each bottleneck.
3. Conduct a Causal Analysis to understand how the bottleneck drivers operate.
4. Together with ecosystem stakeholders, identify and prioritize policy actions to break down the bottleneck
drivers and alleviate bottlenecks.
5. Collective Impact: organize and coordinate the implementation of specific, orchestrated policy action