Diamond Ranking

Good for... 

Helping a group prioritise ideas/opinions

You will require 

  • Flip chart or large (A1) piece of paper
  • Post-it notes 
  • Pens
  • A large sheet of paper for each group 

Preparation

Decide on a topic for discussion (see below for suggestions)

What to do

  • Ask the group to call out their immediate thoughts or ideas on the chosen topic. 
  • Record their responses on the flip chart (preferably shortened)
  • Ask the children/young people to choose the nine most important/popular ideas in response to the discussion (assuming there are more than nine ideas/thoughts/opinions!)
  • Divide into smaller groups and give each group nine Post-it notes. Ask the group to write one of the ideas on each Post-it (have an adult do this if the group are not proficient writers).
  • Ask them to arrange their Post-it notes in a diamond shape with the most important idea/thought/opinion at the top, the next two in the second row, three in the third row, two in the fourth and the lowest priority at the bottom (see illustration).
  • Have each group explain why they put the Post-it notes where they have.
  • Are there similarities between the groups? Is it possible to create one Diamond?
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Possible topics for discussion

  • What's important about Church?
  • What could we do differently for Lent?
  • What would do you like about your youth/children’s group?
  • What needs to be included in worship?
  • How can we reach out to the local community?
  • What do you want our new youth worker to be like?

Do it differently

Use this activity to determine the topics a youth group would like to explore in the coming year.

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