Learning Module
This introduction is a part of the multiple criteria decision analysis learning material created in the ORWorld project.

EVATECH Facilitator Training:

Introduction to Value Tree Analysis

The module consists of two learning parts:

I. In the theory part the use of value tree analysis is illustrated in an example case. Theory is briefly summarised and then applied to the case context.

The assignment part consists of a problem description, detailed instructions, and a report template. The learner is asked to apply value tree analysis to a decision problem and write a brief report using the report template. The report template contains questions related to the different phases of the assignment and it is available as a Word document. You are encouraged to fill in the template for yourself. You can also return it to the organizer (jyri.mustajoki@hut.fi) for personal feedback if desired.

In the evaluation the learner can give feedback on the assignment and the learning environment with the Opinions Online system.

The assignment takes about 2-3 hours.


Learning objectives

        After the assignment you should know:
  • What is multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA)
  • The principles of multiattribute (i.e. criteria) value tree analysis.
  • How to construct a value tree and elicit priorities?
  • How to use the Web-HIPRE software to support your decision making in simple multiple criteria decision making problems?

If you are later interested in a broader view on value analysis, see the Value tree analysis theory part at the MCDA web site.



        Check the system requirements BEFORE proceeding to the assignment .



        The learning material on value tree analysis consists of a slide show.
Different phases of decision making process are illustrated in the case of a job selection problem. The learning material consists of:
  • slides presenting the theoretical aspects
  • video clips demonstrating value tree analysis in Web-HIPRE
    • avi files contain audio
    • gif files with no audio
Read the learning material on value tree analysis.

The slides are best viewed with the display resolution of 1024p*768p. If your monitor resolution is 1280p*1024p or higher (slides do not show full screen) please use high resolution version. You can also download the presentations on your own computer.



1. Download the report template.(.rtf, 537 kB)

2. Apply value tree analysis to a decision problem in Web-HIPRE.
The purpose of this assignment is to make you familiar with value tree analysis in Web-HIPRE by creating your own value tree. The case description and instructions on how to proceed can be found from here. You may use Web-HIPRE and write the report simultaneously.

3. Complete the report and print out your answers.


Support and Evaluation


There will be online support available on the scheduled times.

Please, fill in the feedback questionnaire. The feedback is used to improve e-learning material in the future.