|Title||A conceptual framework for economic optimization of an animal health surveillance portfolio|
|Author(s)||Guo, X.; Claassen, G.D.H.; Oude Lansink, A.G.J.M.; Saatkamp, H.W.|
|Source||Epidemiology and Infection 144 (2016)5. - ISSN 0950-2688 - p. 1084 - 1095.|
Operations Research and Logistics
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Abstract||Decision making on hazard surveillance in livestock product chains is a multi-hazard, multistakeholder, and multi-criteria process that includes a variety of decision alternatives. The multihazard aspect means that the allocation of the scarce resource for surveillance should be optimized from the point of view of a surveillance portfolio (SP) rather than a single hazard. In this paper, we present a novel conceptual approach for economic optimization of a SP to address the resource allocation problem for a surveillance organization from a theoretical perspective. This approach uses multi-criteria techniques to evaluate the performances of different settings of a SP, taking cost-benefit aspects of surveillance and stakeholders’ preferences into account. The credibility of the approach has also been checked for conceptual validity, data needs and
operational validity; the application potentials of the approach are also discussed.