Table 1.

Methods for Priority Topic Generation and Facilitated Discussion at SNOCAP Priority Setting Sessions 2014 to 2018

YearPhase 1: Source of Priority Topics for DiscussionPhase 2: Method of Facilitated DiscussionDescription
2014• Open-ended survey as a part of registration to elicit topics.Small/Large Group Facilitated Discussion• Small groups focused on three topic areas with report outs to large group.
• SNOCAP leaders identified the top three most common responses.
2015• Open-ended survey as a part of registration to elicit topics.Nominal Group Technique: stand/sit to vote. Additional Large-Group Facilitated Discussion• Facilitators had participants vote to reduce number of topics.
• Small group of SNOCAP leaders analyzed and brought forward commonly identified topics.• Large-group discussion developed action steps.
• A Word Cloud was created to provide a visual look at survey data.
2016• Open-ended geo-coded survey as a part of registration or on day 1 of conference to elicit topics.Nominal Group Technique: ranking with sticky dots. Additionally, arcGIS* Visual Mapping Discussion plus Large-Group Facilitated Discussion• Day 1: Look at all topics, go through GIS mapping, notes of why each top concern was an issue to discuss.
• List of topics was created and organized prior to first conference session.• Day 2: Narrowed topics using sticky dot method
2017Participants responded to open-ended survey pre-conference or on day 1 of conference. Topics collated and condensed to 7 based on frequency.World Café16• 10 small groups formed to rotate around topic tables to discuss, refine and develop action steps for each.
2018Open-ended surveys prior to ECER and responses on poster on Friday.Liberating Structure: What, So What, Now What17• Sticky dots used to narrow topics.
18• What, So What, Now What facilitated discussion in small groups.
  • * Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) (2016). ArcGIS release 10.4 Redlands, CA.

  • SNOCAP, state networks of colorado ambulatory practices and partners consortium; ECER, engaging communities in education and research conference; GIS, geographic information system.