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September 2016

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Featured Article
Buy a Feature
Single Proposals Preferred
Design Pattern

This product tip is for people who are designing  Buy a Feature , Buy a Project, Participatory Budgeting, or 
other collaborative funding frameworks using Decision Engine.


You're designing a forum and you have three proposals:

Proposal 1, $40K
Proposal 2, $50K
Proposal 3, $20K

Let's further stipulate that while each of these proposals are separate, they are related. For example, in a business these might all be marketing proposals. In Participatory Budgeting, these proposals might all be related to public safety or parks and recreation.

Design Questions

(a) Should you keep the proposals separate or should you bundle them into a single proposal? Meaning, should you have one big proposal for $110K that includes Proposals 1, 2 and 3?

We recommend keeping the proposals separate. See the Design Considerations for reasons why.

(b) Should you include BOTH the bundle AND the separate individual proposals in your forum?

We recommend only including individual proposals. See the Design Considerations for reasons why.

Design Considerations (Forces)

Here are some design considerations / forces that we have considered in making our recommendations.

(1) You want to understand the priorities of the group relative to each proposal. This suggests that you want to keep proposals separate because bundling proposals makes it hard to understand individual priorities. Consider, for example, a participant who supports Proposals 1 and 2 but is opposed to Proposal 3. Bundling proposals makes it impossible for a participant to support only those proposals they choose.

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