Decision Ruler

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Identification
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Method
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
To determine what the group would mean by consensus and how far they are from that point.
Used as component of: 
any decision making process where agreement has not been reached.
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
3 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
an understanding of what the group would take as different levels of agreement to mean that they havae reached a consensus.
Level of participation: 
high
How is success evaluated: 
clarity is reached
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
Some level of trust
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
markers, white board and postits.
Pre-Work Required: 
If the facilitator determines the levels of agreement then that should be done before the session.
Procedures: 

<b>Context</b><br>
1. Show the group a continuum of positions on a flipchart line on the wall (see dowload for this method).<br>
2. In the example ther 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. <i> The facilitator can have the group decide what the categories are in the ruler. <br>
3. Ask the group to decide how to discuss the differences. <br>
4. Take a poll of the current position of each individual.<br>
? Have everyone place themselves on the ruler for where they stand on the decision.<br>
? Once people have placed themselves, conduct the discussion according to the rules the group has decided ? for instance,<br>
o ask the ?talk further? and ?block? people to give their reasons, <br>
o see if there are suggestions to improve the decision,<br>
o have everyone place themselves again. <br>
? Continue until you meet the rules the group chose to comprise a decision.<br>

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
None
File attachments: 
AttachmentSize
Microsoft Office document icon Decision_Ruler.doc29 KB
Background
Developer: 
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

Selected publications: 
0865713472
References: 
Kaner, S., Lind, L., Toldi, C., Fisk, S. and Berger, D. (1996). Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC,
License Model: 
Open
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Creators: 
Trainers: 
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CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
Consultants: 
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CFI Syllab Inc. Montreal Canada
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