FWD El Paso will use a panel of 30-40 community leaders who are familiar with the growth and development issues impacting the El Paso region.  The participating community leaders will be asked to attend a Kick-Off meeting and then several (4-5) shorter sessions via the internet scheduled about every two weeks during May, June and July.   The meeting will be held at the El Paso International Airport’s Board Room on May 20th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The Kick-Off meeting is designed to provide background information on the Delphi Method, establish forecast population and employment totals for future years, and provide instructions on the use of the web page for the Internet sessions.

After the Kick-Off meeting, an iterative process will be implemented to work with the participating community leaders to develop a consensus on the emerging growth patterns of the community.  There will be subsequent Internet sessions to complete and each round will take about 30 minutes.

The steps in the process are as follows:

Step One. First Web-based session

  • Participants will be asked to allocate growth across a number of (about 10 to 15) large districts using a control total.
  • Participants will be asked to rank the growth factors for each district.

Step Two.  Compilation of results

  • Following each web-based session, the results of the input from the community leaders will be compiled and analyzed.
  • A map reflecting the results will be produced and placed on the web-site for use in the next iteration of the process.
  • Community leaders will consider the results of the entire group.

Step Three. Additional Web-based sessions

  • During each iteration of the web-based sessions, participants will be able to view their history of responses compared to the group average.
  • In the web-based iterative sessions, the participants will re-allocate growth for the 10 – 15 districts based on results from the Delphi session. 
  • Participants will also have to again rank growth factors for each district.

Step Four.

  • Final results will be compiled that will indicate the consensus of the community experts who participated in the FWD El Paso Delphi Method.
  • Results will be posted on the website.