As coaches, we encourage leaders to identify their goals and objectives by asking themselves what progress they hope to make by posing a particular question. Be clear with yourself on what you plan to do with the top thoughts in your exchange! It not only makes an exchange more engaging for participants, but also helps you to make more effective progress with your results.
That’s where Thought Themer really shines. Thought Themer makes it easy for you to action your results by grouping thoughts in your exchange into themes of your own choosing.
Instead of just getting the top 5, 10, or 20 thoughts, you can peel back the layers and look at your results with a different lens that could help you see what might not be visible on the surface. Exchanges are kinda like onions that way.
Interested in all thoughts related to communications? Or seeing what people are thinking when it comes to safety? Use Thought Themer to group thoughts however you like, and then view them using Bar Charts or other visualizations.
☝️ Before You Start
- Review the exchange questions and objectives to help guide you as you create themes.
- Remember that you are able to create up to 10 themes.
- A thought can be assigned to one theme.
The thoughts guide the themes used - the themes emerge from the content of the thoughts.
Use this approach to categorize thoughts based on participants’ opinions/priorities on an issue.
The same theme names are used across multiple exchanges in order to facilitate comparison.
|Consistency||All thoughts within a theme address the same or a similar topic.|
The theme names align with the objectives and intended action behind feedback collection. Theme names are distinct and do not overlap with other themes.
Keywords can be used to create theme names. Theme names make sense to the project leader and their audience.
Example theme sets
|Bond Proposal||Facilities||Safety & Security|
• Class size
• Communication & engagement
• Impact on taxes
• Leadership & administration
• Learning environment
• Plans for growth
• Project planning
|• Athletic & outdoor facilities
• Budget & funding
• Construction planning & location
• Overcrowding & future growth
• Parking & traffic
• Project timelines
• Repairs & maintenance
• Support new facilities
• Drills and training
• Entrances and exits
• Gates and fences
• Policies and prevention
• Student health and wellness
• Visitor management
|Profile of a Graduate||Change Management||Staff|
|• Career preparation
• Character development
• College/university preparation
• Communication skills
• Critical thinking
• Digital citizenship
• Transferable skills
• Vocational skills
|• Bell times
• Boundary changes
• School/district-wide equity
• School closures
• Start times
• Professional development
• Salary & benefits
• Workplace culture/environment