Dot Voting

Also known as: 

  • multi-voting
  • sticker voting
  • sticky-dot voting
  • sticking dots
  • dot-mocracy
  • dot democracy

How it works?
Before the workshop, you need to configure how many votes or 'dots' a participant will have to distribute between the ideas.

In the workshop, firstly the participants can go through all of the ideas and add or remove votes to each idea based on their preferences; they can add all of their votes to one idea, or distribute them to all of the ideas as they see fit.

Once the participants have finished applying their dots, the facilitator displays ranking, displaying the idea with the most number of votes at the top and the least at the bottom.

Recommended time: 15-60 minutes
Number of participants: 3-20+

When to use it:
When you want to evaluate a large number of ideas to identify the key priorities.

Things to think about:

  • The number of available votes is worth some consideration; if you know you're going to have a reasonably small number of ideas, keep the number low; indeed you could just have 1 vote to really force participants to consider which idea they really like.
  • Like any evaluation, it helps to make sure the ideas have been properly pruned before entering the phase; dot voting, however, can really suffer if there are two very similar ideas as it will potentially split the vote for what is basically the same idea
  • Consider reminding participants not to throw all their votes at the top of the list; if there are a lot of ideas available to vote on, there is often a temptation to go wild initially and then find that there are no votes left when they have got to the bottom of the list.

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