Nominal Group Technique

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To allow a group to make a choice among a number of options or topics. This technique is effective when trying to decide on highly controversial issues or when a team is stuck or in disagreement. In most instances you will have finished discussion of the issues and some type of multivoting, and have selected a group of issues.
Used as component of: 
Any session which calls for finalizing a decision at the end of the group work
Types of Participants: 
Recommended size of group: 
1-10
11-25
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Optimal amount of time needed: 
1 hour
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Facilitation skills required
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Resources Needed: 
A large number of blank index cards
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1 Provide each member with index cards (enough for all the issues).
Example: 10 issues, 10 index cards.

2 Have each member write one issue (or correlating number)
on an index card (continue until all issues have been recorded).
Example: all members will have 10 index cards with
an issue or number on each.

3 Now have each member review the cards and select the one
issue that is most important to them. On the back of the index
card write the number one.

4 Now have each member review the remaining cards and select
the one issue that is least important to them. On the back
of the index card write the number ten.

5 Continue this process until all ten index cards have numbers
on the back.

6 Collect the index cards, group them by number and then
categorize the issues by the number of votes received. Example:
If issue 3 received the highest number of votes it is your
number one priority.

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