If you are in a leadership role, you know that making the right decision at the right time is very important in any business. Managers and business leaders usually take decisions based on past experiences and use managers mental models. In this podcast, we will talk about another very important aspect of decision making: Making decision based on market data.  It's very important to ask the right questions and to look at the right metric to understand which direction your project is going. Sometimes the metric you need to look at is not available and we may need to build tools for measurements.  We will hear lot more about it in this episode.

Shanyn, can you tell us a bit of about yourself?

Can you tell us a bit about  what inspired you to work in this area?

Can you tell us a bit more about key services Autism Canada offers?

Can you share some of the digital tools that you use in the Search and Rescue program?

You are actually collecting data not only from Canada, but from all over the world?

The services that Autism Canada offers are very much based on the data you have and then based on the different scenarios that you might come across, so they are very scientific.   

You mentioned earlier that a lot of your work goes into preventive measures; so that there are much fewer incidents with autistic individuals becoming lost in the first place. So can you tell us a bit more about that?

What is bolting? Or what does bolting mean?

Do you offer education for families, so they can provide better support to their family members?

Can you tell us a bit more about the thought process that goes through the research that you typically do to identify what your members (families individuals) need?  

What are the different types of data that you typically collect? And how does it help you to make better decisions?

You must be using lot of measurement and data collection tools in house, as you are doing your research and running your programs. Do you typically build these measurement tools in house or do you work with partners?

You are doing lot of work at Autism Canada. How is your program funded?

How do you see your programs evolve over the next couple of years? 

You have a neurodiverse household as well, so, are you able to see the direct impact of your work on your family?

So, what advice would you have for other program managers and business leaders and looking to grow their programs?

Can you share an online or digital tool that you use, that makes you effective in your work? 

Can you share a key strategy or activity at Autism Canada that drives its growth?

What personal habit has contributed the most to your success?

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