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Decision-making matrix

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Sometimes deciding between strategic options is really tough. This matrix can help you weigh up different strategic options to make an informed, objective decision.

If you have a number of potential alternative solutions to a strategic challenge, it can help to set some criteria against which to assess and compare them. Here is one suggestion for decision-making criteria you might use. You could even weight elements and add up a score.


CriteriaOption 1Option 2 etc

Fit with Mission, Vision, Values


Impact on beneficiary


Appropriateness to the culture


Impact of change agenda on organisation (structure etc)


Your capacity to pursue (consider investment, other effort etc)


Level of support for the option

(internal and external)


Break-even point

(in years)



(years to receive payback after break even)

Page last edited Jul 25, 2017

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