Previous research indicates that decision makers are often reluctant to use multicriteria decision aids. The current research investigates the acceptability, validity and appropriateness of multicriteria decision making (MCDM) methods for large-scale water resources planning and ecosystem restoration. An experiment is conducted using 38 decision makers currently engaged in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Decision makers apply and evaluate direct and indirect weighting methods. Direct methods include ranking, and a version of the swing-weight method. Although direct methods exhibit convergence, carry-over bias seems to exaggerate between-method similarities. Direct methods produce significantly different results than indirect methods. Between-method and between-person differences are significantly different for direct versus indirect methods, supporting previous research results. Self reports are used to assess the appropriateness and acceptability of MCDM methods. Despite experimental limitations, decision makers agree that direct methods help them to think more clearly about their values, felt the methods could assist in clarifying stakeholder issues and plan refinements, and would recommend the use of MCDM methods for water resources planning and ecosystem restoration.4.2.2 MCDM Methods 59 4.2.3 Survey Administration 60 4.2.4 Participants 61 4.2 .5 Limitations of Experimental Design 62 4.3 CERP Water Management Plan Attributes 62 CHAPTER 5 - RESULTS, WEIGHTS AND ALTERNATIVE RANKS 70 5.1 Spending Priorities ... Problem. 105 6.1.7. Usersa#39; Willingness to Recommend the Methods for Water Resources Planning and/or Ecosystem Restoration 106 6.1.8 ... 1 How can the lessons of this experiment be used to design a better process?
|Title||:||Multicriteria Decision-making and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan|
|Author||:||Darlene Regina Guinto|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|