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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).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Diogo Cunha Ferreira
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CESUR - CERis, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Benchmarking; Multicriteria Decision Analysis; Satisfaction Analysis; Health Care Systems; Public Systems
Prof. José Rui Figueira
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CEG-IST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding, Decision Support, Multi-Objective Optimization, Multi-Objective Combinatorial Optimization
Prof. Dr. Rui Cunha Marques
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Departament of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: regulation; benchmarking; public policies; PPPs; privatizations; local public services; infrastructure; water; solid waste; transport; health sector
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Multicriteria decision analysis
  • Resources wasting
  • Policy formulation aiding
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Justice
  • Energy
  • Water, wastewater, and sewerage
  • Transports
  • Urban and rural development

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Efficiency Evaluation of Cultural Services in the Czech Republic via Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3409; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12083409 - 22 Apr 2020
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Culture is an irreplaceable means of transferring information between generations. The development of culture, the cultural environment, and the effect of culture exist over the long term. The results are not shown immediately, whereas the economics of subjects of this area (including theatres) [...] Read more.
Culture is an irreplaceable means of transferring information between generations. The development of culture, the cultural environment, and the effect of culture exist over the long term. The results are not shown immediately, whereas the economics of subjects of this area (including theatres) are subject to public control. Public control forces these entities to use public finances efficiently, economically, and effectively. A sample of 11 indicators showing techniques and financial efficiency was chosen to conduct a complex evaluation of the economy of Czech theatres. The importance of the indicators was set by three objective methods used in combination by the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS) for the evaluation of management. We show significant differences among the results; in our opinion, it is not possible to exactly set the best method that could be applied in general. Every method can potentially serve as a tool for complex comparison among homogeneous groups of theatres of the Czech Republic, depending on the preferences of their founder, in the public sector such as a municipality, region, or state. Full article
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Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Techniques for Solving the Airport Ground Handling Service Equipment Vendor Selection Problem
Sustainability 2019, 11(12), 3466; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11123466 - 24 Jun 2019
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Appropriate airport ground handling service (AGHS) equipment vendor selection (AGHSEVS) can prevent aircraft damage and delays in airlines schedules, and ensure reliable and high-quality ground handling service. Previous research has seldom integrated multi-criteria decision-making techniques with goal programming to solve the AGHSEVS problem. [...] Read more.
Appropriate airport ground handling service (AGHS) equipment vendor selection (AGHSEVS) can prevent aircraft damage and delays in airlines schedules, and ensure reliable and high-quality ground handling service. Previous research has seldom integrated multi-criteria decision-making techniques with goal programming to solve the AGHSEVS problem. This paper describes a new system evaluation model for AGHSEVS by considering both qualitative and quantitative methods. We compare the fuzzy TOPSIS method based on fuzzy weighted average left and right score methods with multi-choice and multi-aspiration goal programming approach of an AGHS company in Taiwan. These study results can help airport ground handling service company managers make optimal decisions for AGHSEVS problems. We hope the practicability of the comparable model with slight modifications of real situation data can be used in other AGHS companies. Full article
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