Configuring rating criteria

Who can use this feature?

Only the Application Owner role can use this feature.

What is it? 

With your application, you have the option to collect the opinion of numerous individuals, aggregate such ratings, and display the average across the modules. 

Rating criteria are a specific set of attributes and, therefore, need to be configured differently than the other available field types

With ITONICS you can configure your rating criteria to adjust them to your needs.

How does it work?

First navigate to an entity for which you want to define rating criteria, i.e., via the Settings Wheel > Entity Configuration > Entity Configuration. Click on the edit icon of the respective entity and activate the rating module on the page you landed.


The option "context rating" will help you to compare the ratings coming from different business unit groups in the rating analysis tab. If you do not want this, you can turn off this option and switch to standard. For adjusting the business unit, please reach out to your Account Manager.

When the rating configuration is enabled on an entity, you can choose between context rating and standard rating. Context rating can be performed for multiple contexts, while standard rating is performed irrespective of the context. You can switch the configuration as long as there are no ratings performed in any of the elements of the respective entity. Once the ratings have been performed, the switching from context to standard, or standard to context cannot be made.

To configure now your rating criteria, choose an entity and click on the Rating Configuration icon or the tab "rating configuration" if you are already in the specific configuration sheet of an entity.


The Rating Configuration page for the particular entity type will open in the same tab. 


Here you can perform different actions:

  • Add a new rating by clicking the Add Rating button
  • Edit or delete particular rating criteria by clicking on the Pen or Trashcan icon
  • Change the order of rating criteria displayed on the rating section of an element by dragging it up or downward

Add a new rating criteria

Suppose you have specific rating criteria in mind that you want to use to evaluate your trends, companies, technologies, or any other type of entity. In this case, you can add it by clicking the Add Rating button. You will see a new form with the Rating info and Range info tabs.


In the Rating Info tab, you can specify:

  • Whether the rating criteria Is Inverse: For some rating criteria, it makes sense to invert their visualization. For example, for the Time to Market rating criteria, it makes sense to display the lowest value (0-2 years) as the ring closest to the center of the Radar.

    Note: If you select Is Inverse, the actual values will not be inverted. Only the visualization of the rating criteria will be inverted in visualizations like the Radar or the Matrix. The rating sliders in the rating popups or rating filters will not change.

  • The Average Type of how the results are being measured. Choose between: Mean, Median, and Mode. We suggest using the Mean measure as the most suitable in many cases.
  • Slider label.
  • Tooltip (when someone hovers over this rating criteria, a text box will display information relating to the rating).

When ready, click the Range Info tab to define more details:

  • Number of ranges - choose between two to six ranges.
  • For each selected range, define a name, color, and shape.Color.pngShape.png

When deciding on colors for selected ranges, think of what type of action they would represent for that particular rating criteria. For example, the "very high" range in the "Strategic Fit" criteria can be marked in green color suggesting a considerable opportunity. The same "very high" range in the "Need for Action" criteria can be marked in red, showing the urgency for action.

Remember to fill all the obligatory fields (*). When ready, click the Save button to add the new rating.

Edit or delete existing rating criteria

If you want to apply changes to existing rating criteria, click on the edit icon on the rating configuration page. Click on the delete icon if you want to delete rating criteria permanently.

Change the order of the rating criteria

After you have added rating criteria to an entity, you can change the order of the displayed rating criteria by dragging & dropping down- or upwards.

Using rating criteria in the modules/visualizations

After creating your rating criteria and activating a module, you can define how the criteria should be reflected visually. To learn more, see this example of a configuration of rating criteria in a radar.

Using multiple contexts or adjusting the context for rating comparison

With the release of version 3.11., you can also choose another or multiple fields as a context rating option. To do so, please go to the Settings Wheel > User Configuration > User Configuration. You can now add a new field or choose an existing one with the field type List Field. Choose dropdown or searchable dropdown as field type renderer and activate the context field. Save the user context field.


Afterward, please go back to your entity and activate the context rating.


How to configure a rating group

A rating group can help you to cluster multiple ratings. Rating groups can be used to contextualize ratings, and is needed if you want to make use of the Workflow Rating Trigger Type. Rating groups can also be used in different Workflow phases (in the screenshot Validation Phase) (1). Rating Groups can be placed almost anywhere on the Element Detail page or in different tabs.

Once you have configured two or more rating criteria for an Element (see Configure a rating section), you can make use of the Group Fields feature and configure a Group Field as a Rating Field Group (2). In the Rating Options (3) sections, you can add multiple rating criteria that should be part of the rating group. In the Dragzone (4), you can change the order of the selected rating criteria with drag-and-drop.


Aggregate and weight ratings

Sometimes you may want to aggregate your ratings for one group, using one aggregation label. In addition to the aggregation feature that weights all rating criteria equally (by 1), it is sometimes necessary to put more importance on certain rating criteria. For this, you can use the weighting of rating criteria feature.

Configure an aggregated rating 

Being in the Group Field Configuration (see section above), you have to check the checkbox Aggregate this Rating Group. (1) Once checked, you can configure the Rating Aggregation Label (2) and the different step Options (3), including colors and shapes, which will be used for example, on the Radar.

Configure a weighted aggregated rating 

Once you have configured the aggregated rating for your group, you can apply the different weights for each criterion in use. Next to the rating criteria titles in the Dragzone, you can type in any positive natural number (4). 

The weighting will then be used to calculate the aggregated average.


Note: The number of steps of the Aggregated Label must be equal to the maximum number of steps of the rating criteria used for aggregation.
Example: There are 3 evaluation criteria. The evaluation criterion with the most rating steps has 6 rating steps. Then the aggregated label must also be configured with 6 steps.

Rating Permissions

The ability to rate Elements, see average ratings, filter for ratings, or analyze ratings can be configured and assigned to certain user roles. Navigate to the Entity-specific Permission Configuration in the Element Configuration. Search in the list for the rating permissions and assign/remove the different user roles.



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