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Constrained Cumulative Voting

Rationale of use

In Italy, Constrained Cumulative Voting was introduced to facilitate collective discussion and prioritisation of territorial needs. This tool aligns with institutional requirements for a participatory decision-making process in CSP drafting.


Constrained Cumulative Voting allows stakeholders to prioritise various intervention areas by allocating a fixed number of points across different options, thus reflecting the relative importance they assigned to each area. This method to allow for the aggregation of preferences from various regions and autonomous provinces in Italy, facilitating a collective decision-making process in identifying and prioritising territorial needs, supporting the overall decision-making process. After applying the cumulative voting tool on the national level, it has also then been replicated on a regional or local scale. Furthermore, the tool also had a scale-out, as it was used by colleagues from CREA as part of research on organic farming. This process is in line with the European Commission’s legislative proposals requiring a sound and well-founded logic of intervention.

Types of outputs

The process generates a shared consensus on the importance of each need and categorises them into homogeneous groups according to their importance for intervention. This categorisation is detailed in an excel file.

Relevant CAP objective


Tool name

Constrained Cumulative Voting


Policy choices supporting tools


Voting and prioritisation tools



Author or owner

Author: Italian Ministry and National Rural Network

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Relevant tasks

CSP Design: Needs Assessment

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