Priority Simulator - an introduction

What is Priority Simulator?

Priority Simulator is a version of Simulator that enables decision makers to understand people’s priorities in a way which doesn’t directly correspond to a financial figure. With Priority Simulator, users are given a number of ‘points’, which they can assign to their preferred areas. It is great for exploring the trade-offs between any set of options – budgetary or otherwise.

How does Priority Simulator work?

Priority Simulator looks very similar to Budget Simulator:

Priority Simulator dashboard for respondents with slider groups.

The total number of points, and the categories that users will allocate points to, are decided in advance. Users are challenged to allocate all of their points to different categories, and can do so by moving the sliders from left to right. Users will see the consequences of allocating points, (or of leaving the slider at zero points), to help them to better understand the impact of their decisions.

Respondents have the option to add comments for each category, for example to explain any reasons behind their decisions.

As users move through the activity the total number of points spent and remaining can be clearly seen at the top of the page. Should a user start to run out of points, they can easily go back to previous categories and amend the number of points allocated.

Priority Simulator can also be configured to enable users to 'earn' additional points:

Priority Simulator dashboard with Earn Points slider group selected.

Once all of the points have been allocated, the user is invited to review their submission, at which point they will be able to see the consequences of their decisions all on one page, and can choose to add additional final comments in an open text box.

Priority Simulator dashboard wtih all points allocated. 0 points available in header.

Until the user chooses 'Submit choices' they can revisit and change their decisions.

Consequences review page so respondents can review before submitting. Each of their selections and respective consequences are listed.

At the end there is an optional demographic survey, and a final page which can be configured to include any message and link to other websites, such as your organisation's main website for example.

What are the benefits of using Priority Simulator?

Priority Simulator enables your organisation to ask users to think about how to divide finite resources, without needing to bring money into the equation. This can help people to think more about an issue than its cost, (and also can reduce the amount of maths needed in the setup of the site, in comparison to Budget Simulator).

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