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MSF DECISION ANALYTICS PROJECT

Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is a secular humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic disease. The organization currently provides health care and medical training to populations in 78 countries and is reconsidering the following 52 countries:

  1. Armenia
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Belarus
  4. Bolivia
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Cambodia
  7. Cameroon
  8. China
  9. Colombia
  10. Democratic Republic of Congo
  11. Egypt
  12. Ethiopia
  13. France
  14. Georgia
  15. Greece
  16. Guatemala
  17. Haiti
  18. Honduras
  19. India
  20. Iran
  21. Iraq
  22. Italy
  23. Japan
  24. Jordan
  25. Kenya
  26. Kyrgyzstan
  27. Lebanon
  28. Libya
  29. Mexico
  30. Morocco
  31. Mozambique
  32. Myanmar
  33. Nepal
  34. Nigeria
  35. Pakistan
  36. Paraguay
  37. Philippines
  38. South Africa
  39. Sri Lanka
  40. Sudan
  41. Swaziland
  42. Syria
  43. Tajikistan
  44. Thailand
  45. Tunisia
  46. Turkey
  47. Uganda
  48. Ukraine
  49. Uzbekistan
  50. Yemen
  51. Zambia
  52. Zimbabwe

Aside from injuries and death associated with stray bullets, mines and epidemic disease, MSF volunteers are sometimes attacked or kidnapped for political reasons. In some countries afflicted by civil war, humanitarian aid organizations are viewed as helping the enemy, if an aid mission has been set up exclusively for victims on one side of the conflict, and attacked for that reason. However, the War on Terrorism has generated attitudes among some groups in US-occupied countries that non-governmental aid organizations such as MSF are allied with or even work for the Coalition forces. Since the United States has labeled its operations "humanitarian actions" independent aid organizations have been forced to defend their positions, or even evacuate their teams.

You are required to consider the following (Raw MSF Data) with 280 factors and 24 countries in four continents for this project. Organize your 280 factors into opportunities (strengths) and threats (weaknesses) reasonably or by using Internet resources for questionable factors.  Also, clean up the data and watch for duplicates. You are then required to do all necessary calculations in excel for the Euclid model.  Your Euclid model and the CSV file used in the Euclid program must produce similar results.  While the Euclid numbers are precise, you may experience up to ± 0.02 rounding differences in the average opportunity and the average threat scores between Excel and Euclid due to Excel rounding. This may also result in a small variation among the final rankings of the countries in Excel and Euclid. The Excel file must include a complete scatter chart for the Euclid model.  This includes all data labels, ideal point, nadir point, coordinates, average partition lines, and the four quadrants. The spreadsheet must also include the Euclidean distances and rankings with reference to the ideal point. All formulas must be preserved in the spreadsheet.  Finally, your spreadsheet must include a radar chart and a world heatmap of the Euclidean distances for the 24 countries considered in your study.  Please refer to Get started with 3D Maps (maps.pdf) for this requirement.

Additional Resources:

MSF ACTIVITY AND FINANCIAL REPORTS

Useful Links:

NationMaster - World Statistics
World Factbook - Central Intelligence Agency
Library of Congress - Country Studies
World Bank - World Development Indicators
Transparency International

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development: Better Life Index

Decision Models:

pdf Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) (Problem) Excel MCDM (Solutions)

pdf André and Angelique: Buying Their Dream Home (Problem) Excel Problem CSV CSV File

pdf André and Angelique: Buying Their Dream Home (Solution) Excel Solution

pdf McDonald’s Corporation Location Planning (Problem) Excel Problem

pdf Labeling Points on a Euclid Scatter Chart

pdf Fixing the #VALUE! Error Messages in your Euclid Spreadsheet

pdf Get started with Excel 3D Maps

Useful Papers:

Final Report Outline:

  • Cover Page
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction and Problem description
  • Proposed method (include step-by-step description)
  • Results (include Euclidean distance and overall rankings, scatter chart with four quadrants, radar chart, world heath map, etc.)
  • Recommendations and conclusions
  • References
  • Appendices

Sample Consulting Reports:

pdf McKinsey-2017

pdf McKinsey-2018

pdf McKinsey-2020

Final Report Submission:

Submit your WORD, EXCEL, and CSV files via the following E-mail: tavanadropbox@gmail.com