Special Issue "Multicriteria Decision Analysis and the Sustainability of Public Systems Worldwide"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: Benchmarking; Multicriteria Decision Analysis; Satisfaction Analysis; Health Care Systems; Public Systems
Interests: Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding, Decision Support, Multi-Objective Optimization, Multi-Objective Combinatorial Optimization
Interests: regulation; benchmarking; public policies; PPPs; privatizations; local public services; infrastructure; water; solid waste; transport; health sector
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Multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) has been continuously and successfully applied to a countless number of problems related to public services, including health care, education, justice, energy, water, wastewater, sewerage, transports, and urban/rural development, to name a few. In general, policy makers are interested on methodologies capable of reducing public resources waste, which are scarcer each passing day, while they satisfy or exceed most of the stakeholders’ expectations. Policies design should account for different (usually conflicting) criteria and points of view associated with the several stakeholders. These policies, meanwhile, must ensure the medium/long-term sustainability of public systems.
The studies of this Special Issue are expected to address, at least, one of the following topics:
- Recent and sound developments on MCDA methods used to solve the problem of resources allocation to public services;
- Design of new policies for public services;
- Evaluating whether stakeholders’ expectations were fulfilled or exceeded;
- Study of the efficiency/effectiveness/quality/equity of public services;
- Analysis of the amount of resources that could be saved if public services were better performers;
- Comparison of the results (performance) of different policies with the same goal;
- Identification of priority areas requiring performance improvements and definition of strategies to accomplish them.
Prof. Diogo Cunha Ferreira
Prof. José Rui Figueira
Prof. Rui Cunha Marques
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Multicriteria decision analysis
- Resources wasting
- Policy formulation aiding
- Health care
- Water, wastewater, and sewerage
- Urban and rural development