Weighting of agricultural research results: Strength and limitations of the analytic hierarchy process (AHP)

This paper discusses the usefulness of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in weighting agricultural research results in ex-post research evaluation.

It provides the basis for theoretical discussion, reviews different methods and gives an in depth practical example of its application. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the method and its application to agricultural research.


  1. Research Evaluation and Weighting of Multiple Research Outputs
  2. The Analytic Hierarchy Process - Background and Theoretical Aspects
  3. An Example from Agricultural Research Evaluation


Hartwich F, 1999. Weighting of Agricultural Research Results: Strength and Limitations of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), Universitat Hohenheim. Retrieved from https://entwicklungspolitik.uni-hohenheim.de/uploads/media/DP_09_1999_Hartwich_02.pdf