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Rapid Assessment of Main Priorities (Dots and Wheels)

Do you want to quickly prioritise SDGs that seem relevant to your city? If you have a workshop with stakeholders from various backgrounds who are already familiar with the SDGs, this exercise is a good kick-off point for discussions and further analyses. Stakeholders already have extensive knowledge of their city and gaps and needs, so let them discuss which topic they want to prioritise.


Prioritise goals and collect main issues for development in your city with different stakeholders.


  • Prepare a printed poster (A3) at a pinboard
  • Distribute sticky dots (2 to 4) to each participant or alternatively ask participants to use markers
  • If participants are unfamiliar with it or it hasn’t yet been explained (e.g. through pair-matching game), briefly state what each SDG stands for
  • Ask participants to prioritise the three most relevant SDGs for their city and discuss the results with the whole group.


Poster / Sticky Dots / Pinboard


  • The exercise can also be used to discuss and prioritise goals of the other global agendas if desired. Choose the goals of the selected agenda from the poster collection and print them in a fitting format. Then carry out the steps described above.
  • You can also use this exercise to gather further information, e.g. by collecting specific measures or challenges according to prioritised goals instead of using dots.


30 minutes to 1 hour


Quick overview of relevant issues and topics in the city.