Basic Priority Rating Model 2.0

This article from Health Promotion Practice provides an overview and guide to objective priority setting using predetermined criteria, standardized comparisons, and a rubric that minimizes bias – the Basic Priority Rating Model. This model has been in use for some time in the health sector.

"Priority setting is an important component of systematic planning in health promotion and also factors into the development of a comprehensive evaluation plan. The basic priority rating (BPR) model was introduced more than 50 years ago and includes criteria that should be considered in any priority setting approach (i.e., use of predetermined criteria, standardized comparisons, and a rubric that controls bias). Although the BPR model has provided basic direction in priority setting, it does not represent the broad array of data currently available to decision makers. Elements in the model also give more weight to the impact of communicable diseases compared with chronic diseases. For these reasons, several modifications are recommended to improve the BPR model and to better assist health promotion practitioners in the priority setting process. The authors also suggest a new name, BPR 2.0, to represent this revised model." (Neiger, Thackeray & Fagen, 2011)


  • Origin of the Basic Priority Rating Model
  • Revised Model: BPR 2.0
  • An Application of Basic Priority Rating 2.0


Neiger, B. L., Thackeray, R., & Fagen, M. C. (2011). Basic priority rating model 2.0: Current applications for priority setting in health promotion practice. Health Promotion Practice, 12(2), 166-171. Retrieved from

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