Use this page to understand how to create a comparison grid (or assessment framework). It will also help you think about how to make your final decision.
Start with the prioritised lists that you created at the end of working out what you need.
You need to use those to create a plan for all the things you want to compare.
You should do this in a spreadsheet or a table so it’s easy to compare several tools in different columns.
Take items from your prioritised lists and put them into rows so that you can assess them. We recommend grouping them into sections to make it easier to keep track. We also recommend using a symbol, label and/or colour code to mark which are 'must have' and which are 'nice to have'.
Here’s a table view that shows you all the sections we recommend.
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Using the support recommended above, decide whether you can rule out any of the tools for these reasons.
Look at which tools you have left.
Once you have chosen your software or tool, you'll need to decide how to confirm it is the right one. You need to plan your reflection and learning.
We’ve got some tips to help you get started.
You also need to start thinking about how you'll let everyone who’ll use the new software know about it. You should decide which of these you need.
You may need just one of these or all of them.
Once you’ve made your decision, make sure you make the most of discounts that are available to you.
Charities have access to the most discounts, but other groups and organisations can get them too.
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This page was last reviewed for accuracy on 02 March 2021
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