Posted By Leah Baker

Boards are concerned with setting objectives which involves discussions, debates and consensus building that can be time-consuming and somewhat less than precise. If board members are willing, it’s a good idea to quantify the decision-making process and it can be easily done with a fixed-sum preference scale.  

 

A fixed-sum preference scale measures both preference and intensity which makes it preferable to simple rankings. Each person is given 100 points to spend among several issues. It works best to have four, five, or ten issues. When they are finished, you add up all the points given by all the board members and see which item receives the highest number of points, which item receives the next highest number of points, and so on. You may find, for example, that developing a national ad campaign is considered three times more important than influencing legislation, or vice versa. Here is an example.

 

“There are several issues that the board can address in the next meeting and we’d like to know which you consider the most important. To indicate the relative importance of each issue, assume that you have 100 points to spend on the list. You can spend 100 points on one issue or any other combination. If the statements are of equal importance, each would receive 20 points.”

 

_____  Increasing non-dues revenue

_____  Redefining some governance issues within the Association

_____  Influencing legislative affairs

_____  Gathering industry statistics

_____  Developing a national ad campaign

 

This column should total 100 points.

 

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