Multicriteria mapping manual - version 2.0

Coburn, Josie and Stirling, Andrew (2016) Multicriteria mapping manual - version 2.0. Manual. SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, Brighton.

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Abstract

Multicriteria mapping (MCM) is an interactive appraisal method for exploring contrasting perspectives on complex strategic and policy issues.

The tool aims to help 'open up' technical assessment by systematically 'mapping' the practical implications of alternative options, issues, uncertainties and values. MCM uniquely bridges qualitative and quantitative approaches, and helps to get the best of both. It allows great flexibility, offering an appraisal method that is strongly grounded in theory but highly unconstrained in practice. This versatility has been reflected in its use internationally to explore contentious decisions in the fields of energy strategy, food production, environmental policy, radioactive waste management and public health.

This MCM Manual offers basic advice on how to do multicriteria mapping. It suggests how to: design and build a typical MCM project; engage with participants; and analyse results – and get the most out of the online MCM tool. The online MCM software tool provides its own operational help so the manual is more focused on the general approach.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Manual)
Keywords: Multicriteria mapping, MCM, complex decision making, opening up, appraisal, appraising policy options, uncertainty, Multi-criteria decision analysis, MCDA, quantitative-qualitative research method
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Andrew Stirling
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 16:28
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2016 16:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65615

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