Diamond Ranking

Page Summary

This activity includes writing ideas on Post-it's and placing them in a diamond shape to rank the importance of each.

Good For...

Helping a group prioritise ideas/opinions

You Will Require

  • Flip chart or large (A1) piece of paper
  • Post-it notes
  • Pens
  • A large sheet of paper for each group


Decide on a topic for discussion (see below for suggestions)

What To Do

  • Ask the group to call out their immediate thoughts or ideas on the chosen topic.
  • Record their responses on the flip chart (preferably shortened)
  • Ask the children/young people to choose the nine most important/popular ideas in response to the discussion (assuming there are more than nine ideas/thoughts/opinions!)
  • Divide into smaller groups and give each group nine Post-it notes. Ask the group to write one of the ideas on each Post-it (have an adult do this if the group are not proficient writers).
  • Ask them to arrange their Post-it notes in a diamond shape with the most important idea/thought/opinion at the top, the next two in the second row, three in the third row, two in the fourth and the lowest priority at the bottom (see illustration).
  • Have each group explain why they put the Post-it notes where they have.
  • Are there similarities between the groups? Is it possible to create one Diamond?
  • Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things to change?

Related Questions

What's the most important thing about (name of church/group)? >

What could we do differently for Lent?

What do you like about church / your children’s group? >

How would you change Collective Worship/assembly? >

How long should the worship services be and what would you include or take out?

What do you most like about worship at church and what would you like to see more of? >

Is there anything you don’t like about the worship at your church? Do you have any suggestions of how things might be done differently? >

How do you think your group could connect more with your local community? >

How could your church link with the local schools and uniform groups? Do you have any suggestions? >

What do you think our new youth/children’s worker could do? >

What do you think our new youth/children’s worker should be like? >

Do It Differently

Use this activity to determine the topics a youth group would like to explore in the coming year.