Toolkit to Conduct Scenario-Based Nominal Group Techniques (NGTs) to Achieve Consensus On System-Level Functions to Prevent Targeted Violence
What is this Toolkit About? This toolkit was developed by our team to support organizations engaged in the development of programs to prevent acts of extremist, targeted, and/or mass violence. The technique and material included in the toolkit help such organizations in conducting brainstorming sessions with the purpose of achieving consensus on how to develop the programs.
What is a Nominal Group Technique (NGT)? The NGT was developed in the 1970s as a structured brainstorming and multi-stage consensus-building process to solicit feedback from a group of stakeholders on a given topic. The approach is intended as an evaluation method to provide semi-quantitative rank-ordered feedback from group participants.
What is a Scenario-Based Nominal Group Technique (SB-NGT)? The proposed scenario-based NGT is a new form of NGT created by our team to include a specific scenario around which the brainstorming sessions are conducted. The format proposed includes elements of tabletop exercises (scenario with a timeline and discussion phase) as well as elements of traditional NGTs (silent brainstorming and ranking)
What is included in the toolkit?
- Background information on the SB-NGT process.
- Instructions on how to execute the SB-NGT including logistical aspects, a description of the NGT process, and materials you need.
- Challenges and Functions note-taking sheets to print and distribute to the participants.
- Definition of terms used during the technique.
- Slides set and instructions on how to adapt the slides to the local context.
- Data analysis instructions and codebook
Survey to Measure Acceptance Towards Ethnocultural Diversity in Youth
This survey has been used in Massachusetts in Utah to measure acceptance towards ethnocultural diversity in middle and high school students with diverse backgrounds. It has also been used to assess the efficacy of Peer 2 Peer Campaigns. The survey contains additional questions on exposure to hate messages, experiences with discrimination, social media use, and awareness of structural racism.
A copy of the survey can be found here.