Nominal Group Technique

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What is the Nominal Group Technique?

Nominal Group Technique is a decision-making rule or model that seeks to make certain all members of a group participate. It is primarily used to structure group meetings tasked with problem solving or idea generation.

There are four steps in this model:

  • Each member of the group independently records their ideas.
  • The group members relate their ideas to the group.
  • The group discusses each idea – asking for clarification, feedback, and providing evaluations.
  • The group members vote for or rank the ideas that they find most appealing.

The group establishes rules for voting and what ideas prevail.

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