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Written by SOAR on September 27, 2012


Resource Analysis in Action

Why do it?

Resource Analysis in Action is a tool that helps organizations make informed decisions about whether or not to do a proposed event or project.

Many groups commit to an event or project without first analyzing if they have the resources to carry it out. Sometime members vote “yes” because the idea is exciting or important. Sometime it’s because someone pushes hard for the idea and everyone goes along. But if the group does not have enough resources, the result can be member burn out, stress, resentment, academic or personal sacrifices, and/or an unsuccessful event or project.

Resource Analysis in Action strengthens organizations by making informed decision making possible. Going step by step, members can constructively challenge each other and be honest and direct. This helps sharpen proposals and clarifies what is required of the organization and its members. When every member has equal knowledge, every member feels more empowered to speak and to vote.

Steps to Informed & Collective Decisions

There are four discussion points to this process:

1. Does this idea match our Mission?

a. What is the goal/purpose of this idea?

b. How does the goal/purpose support our Mission and current work?

c. Do we know if our communities/audience support this idea? (Will they participate?)

d. Is the goal/purpose of this idea and our Mission:

1) Strongly matched; 2) Somewhat matched; 3) Slightly matched; 4) Not matched

2. What is needed?

a. Do we collectively have experience doing this?

b. What is the budget?

c. How much time is needed? (Are there deadlines coming up?)

d. Are there other events or projects that conflict?

e. What tasks need to be done? (Make a list of all main tasks)

f. How much People Power is needed?

i. Coordinators: how much time is needed?

ii. Volunteers: how much time is needed?

3. What do we have? Do we have:

a. The experience or can we access it?

b. The funds or access to the funds?

c. The time?

d. The People Power?

i. Coordinators: who wants to and can?

ii. Volunteers: who wants to and can?

4. What is our decision?

a. When we look at what is needed and what we have, are they:

1) Strongly matched; 2) Somewhat matched; 3) Slightly matched; 4) Not matched

b. Discuss and weigh out the information.

c. Do an opinion poll if helpful:

1) Strongly oppose; 2) Somewhat opposed; 3) Slightly for; 4) Strongly for.

d. Take a final vote, using your organization’s decision-making process.

SOAR/2012

 


 
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