ECDC tool for the prioritisation of infectious disease threats
This qualitative tool, implemented as an Excel workbook, is based on multi-criteria decision analysis. It ranks infectious disease threats in a transparent, comparable and methodologically reproducible manner. The tool enables the relative ranking of different infectious disease threats. It is intended as a supplement to other methods that also support decision-making in preparedness planning. Please use the handbook and manual with descriptions about the tool for further instructions. The tool and the handbook are best used in conjunction with ECDC’s report on Best practices in ranking emerging infectious disease threats, which illustrates several important considerations for the risk-ranking process.
Download the tool
The tool is located in Google Docs as an .xlsm file. To download the tool, please follow these instructions:
Click on the link below > (in the new page) click on the download icon in the top right corner > click save > (when the file is open) click ‘enable editing’ and ‘enable content’.
*Please note: The Excel workbook has compatability issues with Excel versions 97-2003.
The tool and the handbook are best used in conjunction with ECDC’s report on Best practices in ranking emerging infectious disease threats, which illustrates several important considerations for the risk-ranking process.
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