Figure 4.1 Overview of the IOM priority-setting process.

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



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