Formal proposal first draft due Sunday

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Responding to comments on your proposals

Please note if your fellow caucus members have commented on your discussions (and more importantly at this stage) proposals and, if they have, write back!  (A number of you have not…) 

Formal proposal first draft due Sunday

Your first draft of the formal proposal is due this coming Sunday, November 10. This work entails taking your potential solutions and choosing one or combining them to create a solution that will best address the needs of your persona, in a way that is creative, feasible, and effective. Then you will need to flesh out the details of how your proposal will actually work in practice, including (this is important) how it will be funded.

Consultations should be done by then as well. For examples of what the formal proposal section can look like, please see the Fall, 2018 MSC platform. By the end of the day Sunday you should have something in all of the sections at the bottom of the document under FORMAL PROPOSAL. Keep in mind that your proposal is a work in progress -- post what you have, with the expectation that you will be revising as you go along.

As you weigh, select, and combine your three solutions into one solution, reference Imagine cards I7, I8, and I9 in the Design Mindset deck.

Please include as much detail as possible in your formal proposal draft, but keep in mind that it is in fact a draft, and it doesn’t have to be perfect. More important is that you put in writing everything you have been thinking so far, so that others can give you feedback.

If you are working with a partner, be sure that you are both editing the document more or less equally under your own login, so that there is concrete evidence of your collaboration.

So, right now you should be focusing on…

  • Developing your formal proposal first draft (due no later than midnight, Sunday, Nov. 10).

  • Having online conversations that help you think through the logistics and details of how the proposal would work.

  • Having consultations with real people who can give you expert insight about the problem and your proposed solution (summarizing what you learn in the Consultations section in your proposal document).

  • Giving support, advice, feedback, and perspectives to others in the caucus as they do all of the above.

  • Keep in mind: Requiring people to do things is easy, but it’s rarely a good solution. Instead, help people do the things they already want/need to do.

  • ***If someone has made a comment to you, either on your proposal or in response to something you have written elsewhere, be sure to ALWAYS RESPOND BACK. Listen carefully to what they have to say, ask questions, play devil’s advocate, and keep the conversation going.


Your solution should be something the State of Michigan can do to help your persona -- in other words, a law, policy, or program. Don’t ask your persona to solve the problem themselves by changing their personal behavior!