Using values in planning wastewater facilities for Metropolitan Seattle

Journal Article

This paper uses the fundamental values of decision makers to guide a long-term wastewater planning process at Seattle Metro, a major utility district. Multiattribute value assessment is used to elicit the objectives of several elected officials and other key decision makers. The results are structured into a fundamental objectives hierarchy and a means- ends objectives network. A set of measures to indicate the performance of planning alternatives in terms of the fundamental objectives is developed. Preliminary value tradeoffs between objectives are elicited from several elected officials. The results of these steps are useful for many aspects of long- term planning: facilitating communication about values and priorities; designing attractive alternatives that are more likely to serve stakeholder interests; identifying information needed to evaluate alternatives; clarifying the relative importance of information about different impacts; providing a basis for quantitative evaluation of the alternatives with multiple objective analysis; and focusing attention on key tradeoffs that will affect the choice of alternatives.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keeney, RL; McDaniels, TL; Ridge-Cooney, VL

Published Date

  • 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 293 - 303

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0043-1370