Evaluating ideas

These tools enable you to explore ideas in much more depth, and evaluate how well they will work. In most cases it is useful to remember that your options aren’t  necessarily limited to the ones that are currently on the table. If you can’t decide between two ideas, can you find a new option that combines the benefits of both, and addresses key concerns? You can use these tools to get a better understanding of everyone’s priorities, even if you don’t end up going ahead with any of the options exactly as they are.

These six tools can be used with groups according to group size.

  1. 2, 4, 8 census: 1-3 hours, 8-40 people
  2. Ranking: 10-20 minutes, 5-20 people
  3. Urgent/Important grid: 10-20 minutes, 3-50 people
  4. Six thinking hats: 30 minuntes – 1 hour, 5-20 people per group
  5. Pros & cons: 15-30 minutes, 3-20 people per group
  6. Plus-minus-implications: 15-30 minutes, 3-20 people per group.

You can access the tools online at https://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/tools#detailedprioritising

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