VP64 Post-Graduation Selection Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

Salgado, Jessica Baldissara
Santos, Marisa da Silva
Senna, Katia Marie Simões e
Magliano, Carlos
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International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
INTRODUCTION: Selecting candidates for graduate programs is considered to be a complex task, often subject to failures, especially regarding to the appraisal of non-cognitive (1,2) skills (for example, Motivation). Identifying suitable candidates is important for the overall success of the graduate programs, since dropouts and low productivity negatively affect the program classification by the Brazilian Governmental Agency. This study aims to describe the use of Multicriteria Decision Analysis (3) in the selection of candidates for a master degree program in Health Technology Assessment (HTA). METHODS: The Multicriteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) technique was used to measure value in the selection of students applying for a masters degree program, in 2017, using Multi-Attribute Value Theory methods (MAVT) method. The examiners group consisting of full-time professors who selected the criteria, blinded ranked and assigned weight relative to each criterion, using swing weights technique, normalized to 100 percent. During the face to face interview with the students, each evaluator professor filled an individual spreadsheet based on pre-defined questions and curriculum analysis. The results were summarized with a mean. For criterion performance, a value from 0 until 3 was assigned if the candidate didn't meet the criterion, partially meet and fully meet. The performance scores were multiplied by the weight of each criterion, the results were summarized by simple additive model, and the candidates were ranked. RESULTS: An interview was conducted with the examining group evaluating MCDA asking for difficulties, time consumed and if the result was considered fair. Seven criteria were listed: “Comprehension of HTA”, “Motivation”, “Ability to disseminate information”, “Availability to attend the course”, “Scientific production”, “Potential to work in HTA area” and “Scientific writing skills”. The highest weight (24 percent) was attributed to the “Potential to work in HTA area” and “Scientific writing skills” (20 percent). The evaluating group was unanimous in considering the process easy, fast and fair. CONCLUSIONS: The MCDA technique was applied successfully in student selection. Further prospective studies are needed.
Technology Assessment, Biomedical, Avaliação de Tecnologias em Saúde
Santos M, Senna K, Magliano C, Baldissara J. VP64 Post-Graduation Selection Using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Cambridge University Press; 2017;33(S1):178–9. Doi: 10.1017/S0266462317003415.