1. Project Selection

STEP 1.1 Define the Selection Criteria and Weightings

Purpose To agree what criteria to use in selecting projects.
Useful Tools
  • Guidelines on Project Selection
  • Project Selection Spreadsheet TEMPLATE
  • Project Selection WORKED EXAMPLE
  • Case Study on Project Selection from Ratcliffe et al (2009)
  • Case Study on Project Selection from Island Conservation (2007)

Actions

Action Description
1 Review implementing agency project priorities and capability.
2 Identify relevant stakeholders to be involved in project selection process.
For more information, refer to the Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement.
3 Collaborate with agency management and stakeholders to define criteria and relative weightings.
For more information, refer to the Guidelines on Project Selection.
4 Create a Project Selection Spreadsheet using the Project Selection Spreadsheet TEMPLATE.
5 Record criteria and weightings in the Project Selection Spreadsheet.
At the end of this step: The Project Selection Spreadsheet includes selection criteria and weightings.

STEP 1.2 Score the Project Ideas

Purpose To score the project ideas to assist in selection.
Useful Tools
  • Project Selection WORKED EXAMPLE
  • Guidelines on Project Selection

Actions

Action Description
1 Score each project against criteria 1 and record the scores in the Project Selection Spreadsheet.
2 For each project idea, multiply the criteria score and the weighting to give the weighted score. Record the weighted scores in the Project Selection Spreadsheet.
For more information, refer to the Project Selection WORKED EXAMPLE.
3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each remaining criteria.
4 For each project idea, sum the weighted scores to give a Project Total Score. Record the Project Total Scores in the Project Selection Spreadsheet
5 Order the Project Total Scores highest to lowest to give a priority list.

At the end of this step:

  • The Project Selection Spreadsheet includes the project scores
  • Project ideas are listed according to Project Total Score.


STEP 1.3 Inform the Stakeholders

Purpose To inform the stakeholders of the outcomes of the Project Selection Stage.
Useful Tools
  • Guidelines on Project Selection
  • Guidelines on Stakeholder Engagement

Actions

Action Description
1 For each stakeholder, identify the appropriate format of communication.
2 Communicate the outcome and planned next steps.
Note: If appropriate provide copies of Project Selection Spreadsheet.
At the end of this step: Stakeholders will understand the selection decision.