A Process for Prioritizing
Eric Lerner -- May 9, 2001
Brainstorm a master list of all the things you might do. This can be
an elaborate participatory process. But you can try it just by yourself.
Assign a point score to each proposal.
Add 3 points to very important items, 1 point to medium important items.
Add 3 points to very urgent items, 1 point for medium urgent items.
Add 1 point to items for which there is no significant opposition or controversy.
Add 1 point to items for which funding is or may be available.
Add 1 point to items that people are in fact available to put time and
Add 1 point to things that are actually feasible.
Subtract 1 point from items that are very difficult.
Subtract 100 points from items that are impossible.
Add points to items that are necessary preconditions for other items, 1
point per item.
Add 1 point to items that are less expensive.
Add 1 point to items that are quick and/or easy to do.
Add 1 point to items that are central to your mission.
Add 1 point to to items on which no one else can do as good a job.
Add 1 point to items that you'd really enjoy doing.
Sort the list by pointscore.
Delete the bottom 2/3 of the list.
Start over assigning points, considering only the remaining items.
Discuss the result with your board. Now decide what your real
Eric Lerner, Ph.D.
Community & Organizational Development
504 South Plain Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Page updated September 5, 2001