At eGovlab, we have extensive experience in utilizing MCDA in many different decision situations, ranging from international policymaking to filtering out prioritized features of new digital services or tools.

Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is a collection of methods and techniques aimed to support the handling of complex decision problems.

A central tenet of MCDA is that conflicting objectives and conflicting interests between stakeholder are sources of complexity when understanding decision problems. For instance, a common conflict is typically between cost and quality, and a typical conflict of interest is between an environmental group and a natural resource claiming company.

Conflicts of concern for digital governance include the conflict between security and privacy on the one hand and flexibility and inclusiveness on the other. The rationale behind MCDA is then that by conforming to a structured approach to understanding complex decision problems, better and more informative solutions is identified. MCDA typically include a set of activities, ranging from stakeholder identification to decision evaluation with sensitivity analysis.

We do stakeholder identification, stakeholder analysis, generation of objectives, and decision evaluation. We are driven to investigate the role and usefulness of digital tools in the accomplishment of tasks related to these activities, as well as the utilization of MCDA in anticipatory and adaptive governance.