The Criteria for determining which projects which should have highest priority was evaluated by means of a decision table. The criteria used to evaluate the choices, and their weightings, were:
- How Important is it to Perform this Activity
An indicator of how necessary the ability to perform the purpose of the prototype is to survival. Excellent indicates high importance while Poor indicates Low importance.
- Likelihood this Activity will lead to the Increasing of Troubled Times Inc. Income
The implementation of a prototype or demo should be of value and therefore prompt funding from those who see that value. In addition, the more funding generated both directly and indirectly from the existence of a working prototype, the more additional prototypes can be produced. Excellent indicates high likelihood while Poor indicates Low likelihood.
- Benefit to Cost Ratio
The benefit of producing the prototype or demo should be worth the cost required.
- Cost Specific to this Activity is Low
An activity cannot be performed if the money to do so if is not available. Money is more likely to be available to low cost activities. Excellent indicates low cost while Poor indicates high cost.
- Activity Uses Proven Technology
The extent to which an activity is based upon proven technology and is thus likely to work.
- Cost Can be Shared with other Activities
The ability to utilize various costs associated with this activity on other activities, thus reducing the cost of those other activities.
- This Activity is Applicable to the Primitive solution Set
A solution that is useful to those who find themselves with virtually no resources and must struggle to survive from day to day.
- Activity is Applicable to a Settlement
The applicability and necessity to a settlement living situation.
- Activity is not Limited to the High Tech Solution Set
The prototype is not only applicable to those with large resources.
Among the 29 choices considered, 3 were considered to be top options. A top option is defined as follows: If the choice immediately following the preferred choice is rated in the same rating category as the recommended selection, then all choices in that category are considered top options. If the second ranking choice is in a different category, the top options are considered to be the recommended choice plus all choices in the same category as the second-place option. Thus, the top options list will always have at least two choices in it and may include all of the choices considered in the entire table.