The aim of this method is to decide between several ideas by assigning them points. It’s a way of enabling each participant to express their preferences in relation to the proposals presented.
Time needed: 30 minutes
- a flip-chart or similar
- round stickers
- Start by presenting the proposals to the participants. It’s important that they properly understand the different choices before proceeding. You can choose to present the proposals in various ways: verbally, in the form of posters, information sheets, etc.
- List the various options that they can choose from in a table (draw this up in advance on a flip-chart or something similar).
- Next, give each participant an equal number of stickers, representing the number of points they have to allocate.
E.g.: A maximum of 10 stickers for 5 proposals
- In line with their preferences, each participant must allocate “points” to each proposal by applying their stickers on the table next to the proposal’s name.
E.g.: between 1 and 5 points per proposal
Traditionally, the proposal that gets the most votes wins. You can also initiate a group reflection:
What about the other ideas that got lots of votes, or those that got the least, etc.
In this variation, start by presenting the options (1) and presenting them in a table (2), but then get the participants to use different coloured stickers so that you can gather additional information.
E.g.: ask the participants to put a green sticker for “I want to put this idea into practice” and red for “I don’t want to put this idea into practice”.
- Instead of stickers, you can ask the group to draw a stick to represent each point (tally).
- You can also add restrictions to suit your specific scenario.
E.g.: you can’t vote for your own proposal, you can’t put all your stickers next to the same proposal, etc.