IAF Methods

Decision Ruler

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10 + 26 - 50

A method to help teams determine what level of agreement is needed and how to get to closure on a decision.

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Additional info

Goal

To determine what the group would mean by consensus and how far they are from that point.

Attachments

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Materials

    Instructions


    Before

    Setting: markers, white board and 'Post It' notes.

    Number of participants: 26-50

    Types of participants: any

    Pre-Work Required: If the facilitator determines the levels of agreement then that should be done before the session.

    Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: Some level of trust


    During

    Context

    1. Show the group a continuum of positions on a flipchart line on the wall (see download for this method).

    2. In the example there are five:

    • Great idea;
    • I don't like it but I can live with it;
    • Neutral;
    • We need to talk further; and
    • Block - I cannot agree.
    Have the group agree what comprises a decision, for example, if everyone is either neutral or above, you have agreement. The facilitator can have the group decide what the categories are in the ruler.


    3.
    Ask the group to decide how to discuss the differences.

    4. Take a poll of the current position of each individual.

    • Have everyone place themselves on the ruler for where they stand on the decision.
    • Once people have placed themselves, conduct the discussion according to the rules the group has decided,  for instance,

                     o ask the "talk further" and "block" people to give their reasons, 

                     o see if there are suggestions to improve the decision,

                     o have everyone place themselves again. 


    Continue until you meet the rules the group chose to comprise a decision.


    After

    Follow-Up Required: None

    Usual or Expected Outcomes: an understanding of what the group would take as different levels of agreement to mean that they have reached a consensus.

    How success is evaluated: clarity is reached

    Background

    Source: Sam Kaner

    Derived from: "Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making (Paperback)" by Sam Kaner, Lenny Lind, Catherine Toldi, Sarah Fisk, Duane Berger

    History of Development: Unknown

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