Help

Navigation

The general navigation back and forth in the application, as well as on this Help page, is done by clicking the icon menu above.
Your input is automatically saved y the system so you should never worry about saving data before navigating to another page.
The menu icons are only enabled if the data needed is available, e.g. the weights icon is enabled when the criteria are entered.
There is an additional way of navigating on the prioritization and evaluation pages. Please see the dedicated Help sections below.
To display the Help pane, just click the top right icon. Click the icon again to hide the Help pane.

Session

Create a new session
Log in to the system or click the icon in the top left side of the screen to see the session list.
Enter your session objective in the text field and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to save the information and create your new session.
Your session will now display on top of the session list (below the text field) along with any other sessions you have created.
Open session
Log in to the system or click the icon in the top left side of the screen to see the session list.
Then click the box containing the specific session objective to open the session for editing.
Delete a session
Log in to the system or click the icon in the top left side of the screen to see the session list.
Then click the box containing the specific session objective to open the session for editing.
Click the icon below the text fields and confirm the deletion when prompted.
Be aware that you delete the session and everything related to the session without the possibility to restore data.

Objective

Create objective
See Session > Create a new session.
Edit objective
Log in to the system and click the box containing the specific session objective to open the objective for editing.
If you are already logged in, click the menu icon to navigate to the objective page.
On the Objective page, write a concise session objective in the top text field.
The bottom field can be used to communicate further details about the purpose of your session to your participants.
All text is saved automatically.
Delete objective
Objectives can be edited, but not deleted (blank). If you don’t want a specific objective for your session, use a temporary text such as “TBD”, “Placeholder” or similar.
If you want to delete the entire session, see Session > Delete a session.

Participants

Add participants to your session
To add a new participant, click the menu item.
Add the participants name in the text field and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to save the information.
The participant name will now display on top of the participant list (below the text field) along with any other participants you have registered.
Edit participant information
To change information about a participant, click the  menu item, then click the box containing the participant name. The participant details page will open.
Make the required changes and click the icon to save data and return to the participant list.
Delete a participant
To delete a participant, click the  menu item, then click the box containing the participant name. The participant details page will open.
Click the icon above the text fields and confirm the deletion when prompted.

Criteria

Add criteria
To add a new criterion (or sub-criterion), click the  menu item.
If no criteria are registered, enter the first criterion in the text field and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to save the information.
If criteria are already registered, you have two options: either add a new criterion to the right of existing criteria or add a sub-criterion beneath an existing criterion.
For more inspiration, see “Building your criteria hierarchy” below.
Edit a criterion
To change information about a criterion, click the  menu item, then click the box containing the criterion (or sub-criterion) title. The criterion details page will open.
Make the required changes and click the icon to save data and return to the criteria page.
Delete a criterion
To delete a criterion, click the menu item, then click the box containing the criterion title. The criterion details page will open.
Click the icon above the text fields and confirm deletion when prompted.

Prioritization

Navigation
The prioritization page contains two elements. Just below the icon menu, you will see a navigation area with one or two rows of blue #tiles, and below the navigation area you will see the #scale grids where each participant vote is registered.
The blue navigation tiles are a visual reflection of the criteria hierarchy you just made. If your hierarchy is without sub-criteria, you will see one wide blue tile. If your hierarchy contains sub-criteria, you will see a second row of blue tiles, one tile for each column of sub-criteria in your hierarchy. To navigate through the process, click the top tile and go to the scale grid to start the prioritization. When all votes are registered, the blue tile turn green. If you added sub-criteria, click the leftmost tile in the second row and go to the scale grid to prioritize your sub-criteria. When all votes are registered, repeat the process through the blue tiles in second row.
Enter priorities
For each pairwise comparison of criteria, ask the participants for their vote and register it by clicking the appropriate circles (#radio button?) in the scale grid.
If the participants appear to agree, i.e. all participants place their vote within two to three adjacent circle columns, then move on to the next scale grid. If the votes are more distributed on the scale, ask the participants to share their perspectives, get the discussion going and learn from the arguments.
When the debate is easing off, ask if any participant want to change his or her vote. The arguments presented may have uncovered new ground and it’s perfectly legit to change the votes based on the discussion. On the other hand, different organizational affiliation, experience or personal preference may result in very distributed votes. That’s fine too.

Weights

PairWise displays your criteria hierarchy with the calculated results of the prioritization process.
The top row of tiles reflect the criteria. Each tile will display a figure in the bottom right corner, which is the relative score (out of 100) compared to the other criteria.
If your hierarchy contains sub-criteria, these will be displayed below the criteria. Each sub-criterion will display the relative score (out of the criterias score) compared to other sub-criteria under the same criterion.

Alternatives

Add alternatives
To add  an alternative, click the menu item.
Add the alternative name/title in the text field and hit the Enter key on your keyboard to save the information.
The alternative will now display on top of the alternatives list (below the text field) along with any other alternatives you have registered.
You can add the cost of the alternative on the alternative details page (see Edit alternative below). A cost figure is necessary for the #Decision reporting.
Edit alternative
To change information about an alternative, click the  menu item, then click the box containing the alternative name/title. The alternative details page will open.
Make the required changes and click the icon to save data and return to the alternatives list.
Delete an alternative
To delete an alternative, click the menu item, then click the box containing the alternative name/title. The alternative details page will open.
Click the icon above the text fields and confirm the deletion when prompted.

Evaluation

Navigation
The evaluation page contains two elements. Just below the icon menu, you will see a navigation area with a row of blue #tiles, and below the navigation area you will see the #scale grids where each participant vote is registered.
The blue navigation tiles are a visual representation of each of your criteria/sub-criteria. To navigate through the proces, click the left-most tile first. The criterion text will display below the tiles. Then go to the scale grid to start the evaluation of the alternatives against this particular criterion. When all votes are registered, the blue tile turn green. Click the next blue tile in the row and repeat the process until all tiles are green.
Enter scores
For each pairwise comparison of alternatives, ask the participants for their vote and register it by clicking the appropriate circles (#radio button?) in the scale grid.
If the participants appear to agree, i.e. all participants place their vote within two to three adjacent circle columns, then move on to the next scale grid. If the votes are more distributed on the scale, ask the participants to share their perspectives, get the discussion going and learn from the arguments.
When the debate is easing off, ask if any participant want to change his or her vote. The arguments presented may have uncovered new ground and it’s perfectly legit to change the votes based on the discussion. On the other hand, different organizational affiliation, experience or personal preference may result in very distributed votes. That’s fine too.

Result

PairWise displays your alternatives in the top horizontal row of tiles. Each tile will display a figure in the bottom right corner, which is the relative score (out of 100) compared to the other alternatives.
Below the alternatives, you’ll see a representation of your criteria hierarchy. Each criterion and sub-criterion has an icon in the bottom right corner. Click the icon to expand the tile and see how each alternative scored on this particular criterion or sub-criterion. Click the icon again to collapse the tile.

Decision

The scatter chart displays each of the alternatives by their relative score (Y-axis) and their actual cost (X-axis) respectively.

Based on your previous discussions, prioritization and evaluation, PairWise now provide you with a score/cost indication of each alternative.

It is now up to you to decide which alternative(s) to pursue. If two alternatives have roughly the same score-to-cost ratio, you may opt for the cheaper one to release funding for other initiatives. Or you may chose the more expensive alternative with the better score if it has a long-term positive impact on your organization.

Register/Login

Register for a free account
To register as a new user, please follow the procedure below

  1. Click the “Register as new user” link on the front page of PairWise
  2. Enter your email address followed by your choice of password
  3. Click the Register button
  4. The free license will allow you to go through the entire prioritization process as a single user.

Be aware that the registration process will be changed. You will be notified of any impact on you account in advance and we will work with you to ensure that your data will continue to be available to you.

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Help

You can always get context-sensitive help by clicking the icon in the top right side of the screen. This will display the help pane in the right-hand side of the screen.

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