Decision Theater

By actively engaging researchers and leaders to visualize solutions to complex problems, The McCain Institute Decision Theater provides the latest expertise in collaborative, computing and display technologies for data visualization, modeling, and simulation. The Decision Theater addresses cross-disciplinary local, national and international issues by drawing on The McCain Institute’s experts alongside Arizona State University’s diverse academic and research capabilities.

The McCain Institute Decision Theater develops applications to address challenges in the following broad focus areas: security and defense, human rights and democracy, public health, sustainability, economic prosperity, education, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Its purpose is to present a set of realistic policy options to decisionmakers for consideration and debate, which would project the expected outcomes of each policy decision.

Located one block from the White House, this unique facility provides an open-source environment where the use of technology is embraced in the decisionmaking process. By convening subject matter experts, policymakers are exposed to a state-of-the-art decision support mechanism that can address some of the most complex issues of the day in revolutionary manner.

Part of the Arizona State University Decision Theater Network, The McCain Institute Decision Theater enables rapid, cross-disciplinary collaboration at multiple locations that provides expertise from the university’s diverse academic expertise.

The Decision Theater offers a range of capabilities that include, but are not limited to:

Dynamic models used for decisionmaking and alternative option analysis

Analytical platform for a detailed understanding of an issue

Awareness-raising system through data visualization

Situation-room capacity to track and analyze ongoing events

Educational environment for simulation of organizational setting

The McCain Institute is always open for opportunities to engage in collaborative projects with other organizations. For more information on the Decision Theater and its uses, please contact Filip Jolevski at