Solution Grid [C/S]
Solution Grid can be used to evaluate the how realistic and workable different options or solutions area.
Step by Step Approach:
- Step 1: Start by agreeing together (i.e. as a group) what criteria should be used to assess or evaluate the different options. Depending on the problem/issue being considered these might include things like:
- Benefits – how does this option benefit the community?
- Sustainability – how sustainable (long-term) is this option?
- Equity – will this option have an equal impact on different community members?
- Inclusivity – can everyone in the community be included in this option?
- Feasibility – how realistic is it that we can make this option happen
- Timescales – what are the timescales and are they realistic
- Cost – how much does this option cost and are the costs realistic?
- Step 2: Prepare a grid with the columns headed by the evaluation criteria and the rows headed by the different options or solutions
- Step 3: Agree on the scoring units - these could be symbols or numbers (no more than 5) and the scoring process, which can be individual, by consensus (completed by a facilitator) or by voting
- Step 4: Individuals or the group as a whole then review each option/solution against each of the criteria and agree a score
- Step 5: Once this is complete the scores are added to establish a priority order for the options/solutions