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Evaluation Matrix

When to use: By Raana and Chantelle, AISM

Useful when you have Personal decisions
many options to buying a house or car
Steps for facilitators Job hunting
compare. Each option is
Making career choices
compared against
1. Generate criteria Holiday destinations
In education
Can be used on its own Planning a unit
Diverge to select. Use the questions:
Or as part of the CPS Choosing themes, plots,
What does it have to be?
During select and ending of stories
What do you want it to be?
strengthen stage Choosing research
Is a convergent tool projects
Acronym CARTS Assessment tool including
(cost, acceptance, resources, time and self assessment
space) can help generate criteria

Criteria should be positive and specific.

Hot tips:
Invitational stem Will it?
Options are generated Links
prior to using matrix
2. Select criteria
Not all criteria is weighted
equally https://
Specific and measurable criteria
Remember to display and k
strengthen evaluation.
review the guidelines for
Criteria can be divided into musts and https
both divergence and ://
wants HYM
convergence, as both are
used in this process http
Criteria are stated in the first row. The last
3. Begin to set up the matrix column can be used for intangibles such as
feelings or intuition. The invitational stems for
Problem Statement criteria are Will it? Or Does it?
5. Analyze the matrix
Dont be bound by scores.
Options are If.. Criteria Criteria Criteria Intangibl Identify strengths and weaknesses
listed in the Will it 1 2 3 es Low ratings can be areas that can be
first column.
strengthened by diverging on ideas
Analyze upto Option 1
for how to overcome.
10 options
Additional columns could be added
Option 2 to indicate decisions and or time
The invitational
stem for
(Use now, modify-hold, reject)
options is the Client, how does this
word If Option 3 look?
Are there any options
you want to explore
Rating scale- choose from ONE of the following:
If we do option
1, numbers: 3, 2, 1 (3 being the excellent)
Letters: ABCDE (A excellent, E poor) References:
Will it criteria 1? Puccio, G.J., Mance, M., Barbero Switalski, L., &
Emoticons: Reali, P.D. (2012). Creativity rising: Creative
If we do option Colors: green yellow red thinking and creative problem solving in the 21st
Remember to
1, century. Buffalo, NY: International Center for
Yes, no, maybe. display and
Studies in Creativity Press.
Will it criteria 2? review the
4. Fill in blank boxes using rating scale Draft 2.0. The Creative Problem Solving Group,
Buffalo, 1995. Adopted Isaksen, S.G. Dorval, K.B.,
Each option is evaluated against criteria and Treffinger, D.J (1994) Creative approaches to
Problem Solving. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt
One criteria at a time. Work down each column to give an accurate rating Publishing Company.
This decreases the chance of inflating the value of favorite options
Facilitator summarizes the ratings quickly Toolbox for Creative Problem Solving: Basic Tools
& Resources. Creative Problem Solving Group.
Buffalo, 1998