The method is useful if workshop participants can evaluate whether a defined goal has been achieved or a novel solution discovered.


  • Duration
    Short (up to 30 minutes)
  • Complexity
  • Group size
    1 to 10 persons

This activity is suitable online.

Description Long

The Target Method is suited for spontaneous, swift reflections at the end of a workshop, with small to medium sized groups.


It tests whether a previously defined goal, for example, a solution, was met during the workshop.


In addition to marking the achievement of objectives close to the bull's-eye, the personal engagement/effect with regard to the achievement of objectives can also be marked on the target.


Preparation of the target depends on the size of the group and the expected markings.


Supply sufficient marking material, for example, coloured Sticky dots, markers, or similar.


Online: make sure that a suitable online whiteboard is available.


  1. The participants stand around the target (on a flipchart, on the floor, or lying on a table, depending on the possibilities and material used for marking).
  2. The workshop leader reads out the predefined goals. Depending on the type, a second marking for personal commitment or effect with regard to the objective, can also be marked.
  3. The participants evaluate the proximity to the bull’s eye and place appropriate markers.
  4. The workshop leader can also ask participants to write down their evaluation on a piece of paper first, in order to keep better control of emerging trends, mutual interference and herd behaviour.
  5. In the end, participants justify the markings they have done.
  6. The target can be archived in analogue or digital format.

Hints from experience

Emerging trends, mutual interference and herd behaviour must be avoided, if possible (one control option is available under Section 4, Execution).

Tools list

  • Flipchart or Whiteboard
  • Sticky dots
  • Paper, big, flipchart


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