This programme covers research and consulting in the social sciences and humanities fields, for example sociology, economics, political science, and development studies. It interfaces these disciplines within problem contexts and explores how they combine to produce new knowledge and new practices that impact the world significantly. Some of the underpinning research topics include: socio-technical systems and cybernetics; technology-based innovations; the philosophy and sociology of science; rationality and heuristics; psychology of work and human performance; model-based knowledge management; social marketing; strategic negotiations and conflict resolution.

The programme applies related research results in these topic areas to ethical management and world development. Hence, it encompasses a watch dog which will score (African) countries on issues, behaviours and key performance indicators in wider economic spheres, issues which signal their anti-corruption credentials, for example. This organization is called the PoliticalEconomyScorecard.org and is being piloted in Nigeria through the Nigerian Political Economy Scorecard Experiment. The experiment will build performance scorecards in key sectors of the economy and polity, for example the educational, economic, political, leadership and governance, financial, hospital and health systems. The importance of this work informs the name we give to this programme in AFRIHERO, AFRIHERO Political Economy Scorecard.

The underpinning research multi-methodology for each scorecard includes extensive consultations with pertinent stakeholders in different sectors of a country, statistical analysis of consultation results, and similar practices and scorecards used in business and education globally. Examples of these practices include: the balanced scorecard (and its extensions); integral excellence models (see our publications on this topic in the Publications section); credit scoring algorithms; and league tables for comparing performances among educational and health institutions. The methodology also includes UN indicators, for example elements of the UN Knowledge Economy Index (UN-KEI), in order to ascertain how the operators’ schemes and behaviours contribute to a nation’s potential to become a knowledge economy. It will underpin specialist interventions towards national socio-economic development, such as Electoral Geography, Polling and Political Consulting, and Organizational Performance Modelling and Evaluation, using established criteria and frameworks, for example the (UK) Professional Standards Framework, (UK) Research Excellence Framework (UK REF), and African Research and Teaching Excellence Framework ARETEF©, an AFRIHERO trademark.

The key outcome of the programme will be scorecards that rate operators in the polity, rebased to 100%, so that we can describe an operator-entity (for example individuals, groups, and organizations) as an x% anti-corruption performer, for example. This will enable the scorecards to make vital inputs into reward and sanctions schemes facing such operators, for example career advancements, government support, and access to international sponsorships.

We convene AFRIHERO events around these and related ideas such as conferences, seminars, training workshops, client projects, and development of educational resources, as appropriate. We do these in collaborations with the best minds and organizations in different regions of the world.