The proposed process includes a quantitative model for calculating a priority score for each candidate topic. In this chapter, the term process is used for the entire priority-setting mechanism; the term model is used for the quantitative portion of that process that combines criterion scores to produce a priority score.
The model incorporates seven criteria with which to judge a topic's importance. It combines scores and weights for each criterion to produce a priority ranking for each candidate topic. Nevertheless, using the model requires judgments by a panel, data gathering by OHTA program staff, and