Incorporating people's values in development: weighting alternatives

Timely information about people’s desires could improve policy-makers’ ability to allocate resources to maximum effect and monitor interventions and outcomes. In developing a multidimensional well-being tool to compare the effectiveness of different interventions, weights aim to capture the relative importance of each component to a person’s overall well-being. In this ODI Development Progress Project Note, Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi explores how we may obtain weights based on people’s perceptions of what is important, proposing two methodologies for testing in a pilot project.