A framework for post-project evaluation of multicriteria decision aiding processes from the stakeholders’ perspective : design and application

Authors: Marleau Donais, FrancisAbi-Zeid, IrèneWaygood, Edward Owen DouglasLavoie, Roxane
Abstract: Numerous multicriteria decision aiding (MCDA) methods have been developed over the last decades and are now applied in various domains, sometimes using facilitated group workshops to create models. These models are all designed to improve decision processes. However, the lack of follow-up and post-project evaluations limit the understanding of how the participants experienced the group workshops and how the results were subsequently used within the organization. This is in contrast with the public participation research field, where a rich literature was developed for a posteriori evaluation of projects. Based on this literature, our research proposes a framework to evaluate, ex-post, MCDA projects. In order to illustrate this framework, we apply it to an MCDA project in Quebec City where a spatial decision support system to prioritize the redesign of streets as Complete Streets was built. Individual interviews were conducted with the Quebec City professionals that currently use, were leaders of the project, or have participated in the development of the decision support system. This research has identified that the need for change of practices within the workplace, communication problems, and the requirement for multidisciplinary work were at the root of the various challenges encountered during the workshops. Based on our experience, we propose some lessons learned and potential solutions that can enhance the body of literature in MCDA.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 2 August 2021
Open Access Date: 2 August 2022
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/70402
This document was published in: Group Decision and Negotiation, Vol. 30, 1161-1191 (2021)
London Dordrecht Boston Kluwer Academic Publishers
Alternative version: 10.1007/s10726-021-09753-y
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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