Rating ideas is pretty self explanatory, team members can vote on their favourite ideas using the five star rating system. When the voting has ended the challenge moves on to ‘refining the idea' where the ideas are re-ordered based on the scores, displaying the top three as gold, silver and bronze.
Setting the Idea Criteria:
We have created a simple list of three things to consider when team members are scoring the ideas:
- Does this idea solve the challenge?
- Is it achievable / practical?
- Is the idea sustainable?
- Does it benefit the community?
As the challenge Leader you can change and adapt the scoring criteria if you need team members to focus on particular needs, or feel a few extra consideration would help people to consider what is best. For example if your challenge is about an activity for young people you might want to encourage people to consider the fun factor of an idea, or that about how engaging it will be for young people.
Here is a quick list of things to think about when considering an idea:
- Does it solve the challenge?
- Is it achievable?
- Is it sustainable?
- Is it inclusive?
- Is it scalable?
- Is there commercial opportunity?
- What are the benefits?
- What are the barriers to making this happen?
- How might you overcome these?
This is quite a long list, we would advise trying to keep the list to five or less. Don’t forget your team can also use this guide to inform their decisions.
As leader it is up to you to close the voting and move on to the next stage ‘refine idea’.
This action is quite straight forward; simply click the ‘mark as complete’ button in the ‘idea checklist’ box. This will calculate the votes and order the ideas best to worst displaying the top three ideas. Of course we would suggest getting as many people to rate the ideas as possible and give your team as much time as possible to go through and vote for their favourite idea. If you are not getting a large amount of interest or votes, don’t just move on regardless; make use of social media to share the challenge and ideas so you can get a wider range of views before moving on.