Platform Alignment Score (PAS)
Beyond the singular act of endorsement, the primary piece of information the members need is an easy to understand scoring scheme whereby a voter can readily identify candidates more closely aligned with their own views on a host of important policy planks. A visual display of this information in a condensed form will be the most effective and easy to understand tool for the members to use in their decision making.
The following is an example of the type of graphic and information content that should be the most effective in terms of helping facilitate the above. It is loosely based on how cannabis plants are categorized based on their chemical makeup.
At a Glance
This “strain fingerprint” graphic gives an indication of the level of simplicity that would be desirable from a member point of view.
The outer ring can be used like a pie chart to show the candidate's overall position on the organization's major policy thrust which is People over Profit (99% vs 1%). It represents the organizations level of endorsement strength. A minimum level of (TBD: 60%) would be required to get, and keep, an endorsement by the organization.
The top half of the bar chart area would indicate a candidate's strength in each of the five platform pillars that affect voters on a local to national level.
The bottom half of the bar chart area would indicate how well the candidate identifies across the five pillars that affect voters on a national to international level.
However, unlike the Strain Fingerprint™ , the ring and bars would be defined on an absolute scale so that candidates can be compared directly side-by-side using only the visual proportions. The values would not be needed.
To illustrate, say the 10 bar charts represent with the following policy areas:
An example of how this would work in practice -- using the graphic indicators as they are shown above -- is that a voter would be able to tell at a glance this candidate (Mx Diesel we will call them) has:
- An overall endorsement score well over 90%
- A limited number of good polices on Media in general but almost no specifics on Education
- Extensive policy ideas on Energy as well as a great many specifics on how that affects our Environment
- Some policies specific to Gov Affairs, but only limited specifics on the Society issues that may result from them
- Extensive Foreign Policy portfolio with only moderate support for how those polices impact our domestic Economy
- Some clearly defined policies on the Justice agenda coupled with slightly less detailed set of Heath policy plans