How benefit-risk assessment is done: our experiences

PROTECT Benefit-Risk used six case studies to try out various tools for benefit-risk assessment. The case studies were based on real-life scenarios from the recent past where weighing up benefits against risks had been especially challenging. We wanted to see whether the benefit-risk tools we were using could help to make the situation clearer for the decision-maker.

The case studies gave us many insights into the benefit-risk assessment process. In particular, we found that well executed assessments tend to broadly follow the five stages below: