multi-voting

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Identification
Alternative names: 
Voting with dots, Dotmocracy, NGT voting, nominal prioritization
Level of process: 
Method
Intent or purpose: 
To select from a list of ideas for further work.
Used as component of: 
To be used in a workshop to narrow down choices where there are many to select from.
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 - 45 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
an agreed on list of prioritized items to be further worked on
Level of participation: 
high
Potential Pitfalls: 
It becomes a popularity contest and not a serious weighing of options
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Standard
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Resources Needed: 
A list of items to be voted on. Depending on the sized of the group and the number of items brainstormed from 3 to 9 colored dots with sticky backs or enough pins per participant.
Pre-Work Required: 
determine ahead of time how mamy dots are needed and bring 50% more.
Procedures: 

<b>Process</b><br><br>
1. Ask each person to select the top 3 ( for 8 to 12 items) items that meet the criteria you have decided on. They put the dots next to the items listed on the flip chart etc.<br>
2. When everyone has placed their dots count up the totals and put the numbers next to the items.<br>
3. It is at this point the discussion needs to begin. Take the top 3 or 4 and ask why someone voted on that one. Ask how many of the top ones need to be included in the priorties. Ask if there are any that are not in the priorities that should be.<br>
The discussion at this point does two things. The group's consensus is built in this process. Often items that do not receive enough votes actually should be included in the priorities and this gives an opportunity for that to emerge.<br><br>

<b>Alternative One</b><br><br>
1. Give each person a small number of sticky dots.
2. They walk up to the front and put on their priority item(s).
3. Can be used with colored dots: i.e. .<br>
- a. red dot = one you?re most passionate about, .<br>
- b. yellow=easiest to dot, .<br>
- c. green= costs least, .<br>
- d. blue=most impact.<br>
4. Reflect what the pattern tells you about the group?s consensus<br><br>

<b>Alternative Two</b><br><br>
1. Number items. <br>
2. Using dots, ?points?, or show of hands, each person votes for at least 1/3 of the items on the list. <br>
3. Tally votes. <br>
4. Cross out items receiving the fewest number of votes. <br>
5. Repeat until 7 or fewer items remain. <br>
6. Discuss or use another method to pick one item.<br>

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
Implementation plans need to be created.
Background
Developer: 
unknown
Derived from: 
found on Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools"
History of Development: 

unknown

Selected publications: 
0932935486 0787977292 0865714355 0964697211
References: 
Williams B. R. (1993). More than 50 ways to build team consensus, Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press p. 73, <br> Nelson, J. (2001). Art of Focused Conversation for Schools, New Society Publishers, <br> Bens, Ingrid: Facilitating with Ease, Participative Dynamics, 1997. p. 158 <br> Howick, Drew, The New Compleat Facilitator: A Handbook For Facilitators, Howick Associates; 2nd ed edition (July 1, 2002) p. 60<br> http://www.asq.org/learn-about-quality/decision-making-tools/overview/mutivoting.html <br> http://www.iaf-world.org/files/public/dotm%20hdbk.pdf
License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
Suppliers
Creators: 
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WebIQ Silver Spring, Maryland United States
Trainers: 
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Making Space Consulting East Lyme United States
Spectrum Management Denver United States
Consultants: 
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Imaginal Training Groningen Netherlands
Making Space Consulting East Lyme United States
Spectrum Management Denver United States
WebIQ Silver Spring, Maryland United States
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WebIQ Silver Spring, Maryland United States