8.4 Acceptability. The RBP system should be able to function within existing institutions,
operations, and processes. Of particular importance is whether the system is consistent with
the attitudes and perceptions of decision makers and stakeholders as interested or affected
parties and that it is clear and understandable to the users and stakeholders.
8.5 Practicality. The RBP system should be employed in a pragmatic, decision-making
environment. Important considerations include the level of expertise required to develop and
use the system, the availability and quality of data needed as system inputs, the personnel
needed, and the time and costs involved in applying the system. The RBP system should
demonstrate the usefulness of the system in action, rather than its theoretical elegance or
8.6 Effectiveness. The RBP system should be able to produce results useful for decision
making. The key consideration is whether the results support discrimination among potential
alternatives. Other considerations include whether the results support important tasks or
decisions, the scope of applicability, whether insights and conclusions may be generalized to
other problem areas, and whether the RBP system complements related systems (i.e.,
Activity Data Sheets, Construction Project Data Sheets, Working Capital Fund, and the
Strategic Management System) employed by the user.
8.7 Defensibility. The purposes, inputs, design, assumptions, models, and outputs of an
RBP system should be consistent with formal theory and be readily documented and available
8.8 Quantification of Cost and Benefits. Presentation of monetized benefits and costs is
preferred where acceptable estimates are possible. When monetized, benefits and costs
should be expressed in discounted constant (i.e., not inflated) dollars. Reference (k) provides
additional information on monetization. Where monetization is not possible for certain
elements of the benefits or costs that are essential to consider, other quantitative and
qualitative characterizations of these elements should be provided.
9. GUIDELINES FOR EVALUATING, IMPLEMENTING, AND/OR COMPARING
The guidelines described in this section provide additional detail to judge whether an RBP system
meets the specific characteristics described in section 8. In addition, this section provides further
detail on issues that should be considered when developing, implementing, or comparing RBP
The guidelines provided in this section are grouped according to the characteristic with which
they are most strongly associated. The guidelines may apply to more than one characteristic; this
should be kept in mind during the actual use of the information presented here.
9.1 Guidelines Primarily Associated with Logical Soundness.
Guideline 1.1-- Verify Decision Objectives. To the maximum extent practical, the set
of decision objectives should be:
c. mutually exclusive,
d. independent, and
e. minimal in number.