To achieve procurement objectives, a good answer to an important criterion must be weighted more highly than a good answer to a trivial criterion
360 uses comparison-of-importance (this criterion is relatively more important than that criterion) in its underlying algorithms to determine the best value for money.
In short, the important criterion must have a higher relative weight then the trivial criterion.
To assign a weight to a section
- Sign-in to https://360users.apetsoftware.com.au/ as the Request Manager
- From the main menu, click Requests
- If using the new look:
- Click Drafts
- Click Configure against the desired request
- If using the old look:
- Select the request from the list
- Click on the
- Click on either:
icon of the section that will be weighted (made more or less important) or
- One of the Section which you want to add weight/importance.
- If clicked on one of the Section
- Click Edit
- Enter the desired Relative Weight of this section compared to other sections
- Click Update
At this point, You have successfully updated the weight of a section.
Relative weighting is applied to both questions and sections.
- The executive team should identify importance at a macro level (section weightings)
For example: "Environmental Management" may be equally important as "Community Consultation" and only half as important as "Structural Integrity", so the sections' relative weights would be 5, 5, 10 (or a similar ratio)
- The subject matter experts should identify importance at a micro-level (question weightings)
For example: "Spill Containment Measures" maybe not be quite twice as important as "Dust Containment Measures", so the questions' relative weights would be 18, 10 (or a similar ratio)
Don't be tempted to use percentages. Relative weights are far easier to work with than percentages, and 360 will calculate percentages for you.