Decision models can be useful in various industries. In this project, a hierarchical decision model (HDM) is employed to assist a nonprofit organization called “eKnow” that is concerned with improving high-speed internet access to American schools. When initially launched, eKnow’s engagement decisions were based on immediate opportunities and educational or political connections in particular states. Now, after having already worked a number of states, decision criteria have matured. Over the winter of 2017/2018, eKnow is working to identify which which states to enter next. The purpose of this study was to assist eKnow in their effort by helping to identify and define the most relevant decision criteria and then to use those criteria in an HDM-based prioritization of five states by subject matter experts at eKnow. This result is then available to assist decision makers move forward.
Arzola, D. Eric; Bauer, John; Binus, Joshua; Purwar, Shivani; and Wittman, Alexis, "Education Nonprofit Organization: A Hierarchical Decision Modeling Tool for State Engagement Choice" (2017). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 124.