Our volunteers worked with AMTA to implement the Multiple-Objective Decision Analysis method for measuring and defining the different outcomes of the decision at various sections. Utilizing this approach was most beneficial for providing thorough data analysis that outlines the ideal characteristics of a successful education program (at the master’s level) and its impact on music therapy professionals and clients. They built models with collected data that are based around characteristics of education programs, musical/clinical skills competencies, financial burden (to professionals and clients), etc., to help make their recommendations.
After modeling various outcomes of the decision and completing the seven steps of the Multiple-Objective Decision Analysis, it was determined that requiring the Master’s-Level Entry standard offered the most value to AMTA. It revealed that making this decision did not have any adverse impacts or unintended consequences on music therapy professionals, students, or patients – in fact, it would help continue the reputation of professionalism as desired by AMTA. In the end, our volunteers helped AMTA make a data driven decision and avoid a guessing game, allowing them to confidently change their minimum education requirement.