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Decision-making software

Make good decisions you can trust

1000minds helps organizations, individuals and groups with the power and user-friendliness of our decision-making software.

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Decision-making: a compass and three doors to choose from.

A trusted partner for the world’s most ambitious decision-makers

  • World Health Organization
  • Ministry of Health, NZ
  • Google
  • Deloitte
  • Boeing

Decision-making applications

Clever, easy-to-use tools designed to help you reduce biases and make important decisions based on ranking, prioritizing or choosing between alternatives.

User-friendly and scalable processes you can have confidence in

  1. 1. Create Start with one of our examples, or build your own model from scratch.
  2. 2. Tailor Fine-tune and refine your model by following a simple step-by-step process.
  3. 3. Run Work as a single decision-maker, together as a group or survey as many people as you like.
  4. 4. Results Understand and apply your results using a variety of graphical and analytical tools.

  • Focus on what matters Use 1000minds to get to the heart of your decision-making problems and choose the best options.
  • Find solutions faster Get up and running quickly and easily share access with colleagues so you can work together.
  • Target new possibilities Make better decisions and spot opportunities sooner by evaluating simple trade-off scenarios.
  • Take people with you Engage with others, ranging from experts to members of the public.

1000minds’ value for money chart.

Value for money

Get the best value when allocating resources

  • Allocate a budget across competing projects
  • Select an investment portfolio
  • Distribute research funding
  • Choose the best infrastructure developments
  • Assess new technologies

Research prioritization success story

People making a tradeoff choice.

Group decision-making software

Include people in decisions or creating decision-making tools

  • Perform a ‘noise audit’ of people’s intuitive rankings
  • Agree on your criteria and test them (inter-rater reliability)
  • Determine weights for the criteria
  • Rate alternatives on the criteria
  • Resolve disagreements in pursuit of consensus

Plant & animal breeding success story
ACR and EULAR success story

  • Better decision-making Make decisions you can have confidence in and avoid the cost of bad ones.
  • Fair and inclusive Reduce biases for more equitable and consistent decision-making.
  • Transparent & ethical Rely on auditable decision processes you can trust and defend.
  • Scalable & reliable Make the best choices every time, for both one-off and repeated decisions.

The ingredients of MCDA; criteria, alternatives, weights and decision-makers.

Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA)

Four ingredients for MCDA success

  • Alternatives (or individuals) to be ranked or chosen
  • Criteria by which the alternatives are evaluated and compared
  • Weights representing the relative importance of the criteria
  • Decision-makers and potentially other stakeholders whose preferences are to be represented

Disease prioritization success story
Covid-19 success story


“Excellent tool for assisting decision-makers across a broad range of applications. Clever design, and very easy to use.”

Dr Trudy Sullivan – Dr Trudy Sullivan Health economist • Dunedin School of Medicine

Questions & answers

Why should I use 1000minds decision-making software?

1000minds is designed for decision-making based on ranking, prioritizing or choosing between alternatives, in one-off or repeated applications. You might already be doing this intuitively or in spreadsheets. So, why use 1000minds?

1000minds gives you a complete process for structuring and solving decision problems. Our tools help you make better decisions by reducing biases that inevitably occur in intuitive decision-making, like relying on ‘gut feeling’ and succumbing to group decision-making failures such as ‘groupthink’. As well as being user-friendly and inclusive, 1000minds is fair, transparent and potentially auditable, resulting in decisions you can trust and, if need be, defend.

1000minds is the only software in the world that combines the power of both decision-making and conjoint analysis in one beautiful package. 1000minds’ ‘secret spice’ is the patented, award-winning PAPRIKA method, invented by company founders Franz Ombler and Paul Hansen. PAPRIKA is designed to be as cognitively simple and user-friendly for decision-makers as possible, so that you can have confidence in your results.

1000minds is highly regarded for its reliability and validity, being used for research and teaching at 630+ universities and other research organizations worldwide. 1000minds has also been extensively peer-reviewed in many arenas over the last two decades. 340+ articles or abstracts, many for healthcare applications, have been published since 2006. With a beautiful and user-friendly interface, it’s no wonder that 1000minds has been recognized in eight innovation awards and complimented as “a tool of great power and sheer elegance” (Consensus Software Award 2010, sponsored by IBM and Microsoft).

The right decision-making software is very useful to reduce biases and ‘noise’ that afflict judgements and can lead to potentially poor choices. 1000minds decision-making software gives you the tools to make important decisions efficiently, fairly and transparently.

Good decision-making can increase your business’ profitability by, for example, helping you choose the best investments or capital projects representing good value for money, or by targeting the right strategic direction. In the health sector, good decision-making can save lives by prioritizing the patients most in need of life-saving treatment. By using 1000minds, your decision-making process is also completely auditable, so your organization and stakeholders can see exactly how and why decisions were made.

Decision-making tools help individuals and groups choose the best option from the alternatives being considered. 1000minds’ user-friendly decision-making tools can be used for many applications, including prioritizing alternatives (e.g. which project, person or option to choose), identifying alternatives that are good value for money when allocating a budget, and group decision-making to build consensus in clusters of stakeholders, employees and the public.

MCDA, also known as Multi-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM), is a popular methodology for making decisions when multiple criteria (or objectives) need to be considered together. By making the weights and associated trade-offs between the criteria explicit in a structured way, MCDA results in more transparent and consistent decisions.

There are many applications for MCDA, and 1000minds software can be used for all of them, including selecting new projects or investments, shortlisting job applicants, prioritizing patients, ranking funding applications, and much more.

Yes, you can try 1000minds for free for 15 days. You can also book a free, personalized onboarding call to get you up and running as soon as possible.

It’s important to us that everyone who uses 1000minds feels they’re getting good value. Contact us to discuss an arrangement that’s proportional to your application and circumstances.

Your data is safe with us. Communications between your computer and 1000minds are always encrypted. Our data center provider meets a broad set of international and industry-specific compliance standards, such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2, as well as country-specific standards including Australia IRAP and UK G-Cloud. If requested, we can enter into a contractual agreement to guarantee the confidentiality of your information in 1000minds.

Free, step-by step video tutorials on how to use 1000minds are available in our resource center and on our YouTube channel. Our friendly support team is also available to assist you.

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