Priority Setting Process Checklist (PSPC)

Thesenvitz, J., Hershfield, L., & MacDonald, Robb. (2011). Priority setting process checklist (PSPC). Retrieved from Public Health Ontario website:

Canadian Template available


This checklist is a priority-setting tool based on evidence-informed decision making. The checklist was developed as a supplementary tool to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research’s Will It Work Here: A Decision-Makers Guide to Adopting Innovations. The checklist prompts users to provide a response of “Definitely yes,” “Somewhat,” “Definitely not” or “Don’t know.”

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The checklist guides users through a series of questions designed to assess the requirement for priority setting in five domains:

  1. Data gathering
  2. Stakeholder engagement
  3. Resources
  4. Time
  5. Decision making

After completing the checklist, users can then use one of the priority-setting exercises.

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