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January 2, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Impact Calculous for Debate Worksheet

Version 1: Impact Calc for Debate Worksheet







Turns the Case


Other Analysis


Version 2:

Impact Comparison is ultimately about comparison:

Our Timeframe     Their Timeframe

 Our Probability     Their Probability

Our Magnitude       Their Magnitude

Turns the Case        Turns the Case

Other Analysis        Other Analysis



I’m not sure which worksheet you will prefer or which your debates will prefer.

I’ve borrowed these frameworks from a sheet I found on the NDSA Curriculum Resources (Google Docs shared), but realized this one would show up in search results.

To me, the first makes more sense for in round and the later for the classroom.  However, I can see that you could fix the second one to make it better.

I’ve covered impact analysis on the debate before, I recommend searching for those posts and covering those as short lectures.  I would focus on key debate conflicts that are common (rights versus nuclear war or similar considerations)



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 2 2017 3:59 am

    You’re likely to see at least 2 to 3 related posts linked to above which may be helpful

    By the way, the actual original document I believe is called “impact debate preparation sheet” in the NDCA materials available on the same Open Evidence Project website:

    Here is the archieved curriculum that is truly massive:

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