Decision-Makers Rank Using Free Online Tool

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Decision-makers can use a free tool at the new FullRanking.com website to collect and analyze every preference from every participant in a meeting. The FullRanking tool immediately calculates the overall ranking, from most popular and second-most popular down to least popular, for choices such as budget categories, proposed event locations and dates, proposed designs, competing products, vendors, and project goals.

the ability to fully rank all the choices based on every preference of every voter opens up new uses for voting.

Often decision-makers fail to fully benefit from the collective intelligence of participants in a meeting. This happens when a decision involves more than two choices but each participant can express a preference for only one choice. Collecting secondary preferences is easy to do using computer technology, but what has been missing is a way to quickly and correctly analyze all those preferences. Now a free tool at the http://www.FullRanking.com website collects and analyzes every preference from every participant. The FullRanking tool immediately reveals the full, overall ranking, from most popular and second-most popular down to least popular.

According to Richard Fobes, who created the site, "the ability to fully rank all the choices based on every preference of every voter opens up new uses for voting." Business teams, nonprofit organization members, and government officials now can fully rank budget categories, proposed event locations and dates, proposed designs, competing products, vendors, project goals, and virtually any other decision-based choice. Based on every preference of every voter the FullRanking tool immediately identifies the most popular choice, the second-most popular choice, the third-most popular choice, and so on down to the least-popular choice.

The FullRanking tool uses a new voting method named VoteFair ranking. The first use of VoteFair ranking was among students at a Naturopathic college. Students ranked the popularity of budget categories according to how they wanted student fees used, and the student-body council used the overall ranking to guide financial decisions. Since then VoteFair ranking has been used to rank contestants in talent contests, choose the name for a group, and identify the most popular weekly meeting time.

Fobes first became aware of the need for fairer decision-making processes when members of a nonprofit music and dance organization almost chose the least-popular logo design. This happened simply because two of the three designs were variations of one another, and members were split as to which variation they preferred.

The FullRanking tool is accessed through a Web browser, so it is available wherever there is a computer with Internet access. When participants are not physically gathered together, a Web-based interactive ballot collects the preferences of invited participants. Use of the FullRanking tool is free, anonymous, and private.

Decision-makers with experience using multiple rounds of voting eventually learn that runoff voting does not always produce results that are supported by a majority of the people who voted. In contrast, the FullRanking tool produces results that a majority of participants clearly support.

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