Collective goals summary checklist and next steps
Once the group has its goals, you can use this checklist to figure out next steps. The key question is: Do you agree enough to move forward?
- Does the group agree enough on goals to move forward?
- Can the group live with goals or bottom-lines that are important to one person but not to everyone in the group?
- If there are conflicts or disagreements in goals, can you still agree to move forward together?
- If there are conflicts or disagreements in bottom-lines, can you still agree to move forward together?
- Do you have all the information you need for goals and bottom-lines?
If you checked all boxes, you can move on to working out your next steps
Goals next step timeline
Who is responsible
Timeline or other conditions
If you did NOT check all boxes (You don’t have agreement or consensus right now), consider the following options:
Plan another meeting
(giving people time to think about it):
If ‘yes’, where is the next meeting, when will it be? __________________
Who can make it? _________________________________
Who can’t make it? ______________________________________
For those who can’t make it, how can they give their input? ___________
What do you need to think about before the next meeting? _______
What do people need to bring to the next meeting? _____________
Plan another way to keep building agreement or consensus:
If ‘yes’, how will you communicate (email, phone, meetings in person, etc)?
Who will co-ordinate results? _________________________________
Who will make sure everyone gets the results? _____________________
How will you know when you can move on? _______________________
Someone with goals or bottom-lines that block agreement decides they can live with the group goals and bottom-lines even though they don’t fully agree.
If ‘yes’, are there any requests or ideas about coming back to these disagreements later? If so, what are they? __________________________________
Need to get more information.
If ‘yes’, what information is needed? _________________________
How will you get it? _______________________________________
Who will get it? __________________________________________
How will they bring it back to the group? _________
What are the next steps? ____________________________________
The group disbands.
If ‘yes’ and you disband, will a different team come together (which might include some of the same people)? If so, how? ___________________________
If ‘yes’ and you disband, agree upon ways that you will leave the process without creating more harm. (For example, telling people that agreement could not be reached could suggest that no one will respond to, stop or prevent harm. It could increase harm (or potential harm) for the person who was hurt and others involved in the intervention)
Safety and confidentiality questions to ask:
Who can know about this process so far? __________________
Who cannot know about this process so far? ________________
Any other safety measures that should be followed? __________
Any other things that need to be done? ____________
If ‘yes’ and you disband, talk about ways that some of you might keep working on the situation. Are there ways that you can stay in touch and support each other? Or conditions where you might come back together?
List ways some of you might keeping working on the situation: