Disbursement suggestions

A list of disbursement process suggestions based on the current analysis
The disbursement analysis has helped to compare a number of approaches that could be adopted and integrated into a disbursement process. The following is a list of some of the most promising approaches that have been identified so far.

1. Disbursement contributions - Independent submissions

Independent submissions mean that a disbursement process would enable contributors to submit any knowledge, priority, idea or contributor related information in separate submissions from one another. The analysis helped to highlight how enabling independent submissions where information could be submitted at any time could be effective at reducing the complexity and required participation time to make contributions and also it can help with increasing the expressiveness of contributors by enabling them to contribute in any way that they prefer. This approach was by far the most flexible and supportive for inviting a wide range of contributors to participate in a way that was most suitable for them. Relevant resources:

2. Community preferences & opinions - Preferences and opinions invited throughout disbursement process

An important part of disbursement for Web3 ecosystems is considering how community members are able to express their preferences and opinions about the information that has been shared during disbursement. Enabling community members to provide their feedback and comments anywhere in the disbursement process on any piece of information that gets submitted has a number of clear advantages. These advantages include that it can help with generating clearer sentiment & approvals, faster feedback & learning, creating a more inclusive environment and can increase the amount of contributor accountability and community representation, engagement and responsiveness. Relevant resources:

3. Decision making - Delegated idea selection

There are many different decisions that can occur during disbursement and a range of different ways that these decisions could be handled. Some of the key decisions that happen across disbursement include the selection of knowledge, priorities, ideas and contributors. The most promising approach for reducing the amount of voter participation time required and voting complexity whilst also increasing the amount of voter expressiveness was the delegated idea selection approach. This approach focuses on pushing the responsibility of selecting ideas to work on towards the contributors that the community have selected. The community should still be able to express their preferences and opinions on these ideas as mentioned in the above suggestion. The community would be responsible for selecting the most important priorities and most suitable contributors. This approach provided high flexibility and also dramatically helped with making the disbursement process more scalable by making it much easier and quicker for voters to participate in the most important disbursement decisions. Relevant resources:

4. Incentives - Contributor time incentives

How incentives get attached during disbursement has a large influence on the budgeting, decision and governance complexities and the flexibility there is for contribution efforts to change as needed. The most promising approach was the usage of contributor time incentives. Contributor time incentives means contributors are paid for the time they contribute towards executing ideas and supporting an ecosystem. This approach was the most effective for reducing the overall complexities and risks involved whilst also increasing the flexibility to handle a fast changing environment. Relevant resources:

5. Contribution verification approaches - Individual time based contribution logs

When treasury assets get disbursed to help with executing impactful initiatives a community can benefit from being able to verify that those funds have been used responsibly and that they have actually been used to pay for meaningful contribution efforts. There were a number of approaches that could be used to help with recording and verifying the contribution efforts that are made by ecosystem contributors. One of the most effective approaches for increasing the measurability and accuracy of the contribution logs is when individuals are requested to submit a record of their monthly contribution efforts. Relevant resources:

6. Impact measurement approaches - Contributor impact measurement

Every approach that has been compared are all important for disbursement processes that want to effectively improve how they measure impact. Measuring the impact generated by addressed priorities, executed ideas and individuals contribution efforts can all help with improving the disbursement process and future decision making. However one approach that showed a stronger opportunity for improving future decision making was the approach that focused on contributor impact measurement. Measuring the amount of impact a contributor has been able to generate has a large opportunity to improve future decision making. The contributors who consistently generate the most impact can be repeatedly selected and funded to continue their execution efforts in future decisions. Relevant resources: