Why are the possible answers “Yes” or “Not Applicable”?
Then we ran our first pilot – and guess what? Children very quickly discovered that answering No reduced their DIMS Score ®. They were gaming the scoring system before the end of the first day! How smart was that? We had to make a change.
So now, because hardly anyone ever answers “no”, we have very few questions left where a No answer is a possibility. As you might expect, generally speaking, if you answer Yes to a question, your DIMS Score ® goes up. If you answer N/A the metrics change (on the backend) and that question no longer enters into your score’s calculation. The beauty of our pdf summaries, which are automatically generated when children complete a Gift Survey, is that they illustrate all the math and thinking that kids have gone through – including every single DIMS Score ® question they answered. So you will see exactly how the young person in your life arrived at the decision that the gift they would like might make sense, when you receive their pdf.
If you have any other questions, any at all, as you explore and learn about our site, please write to us. As we have just launched, we know we can improve and expand upon our offering. We are currently collecting development suggestions for Version 2.0 and would love to add your feedback. Help us help you teach your kids to think before they buy – we really believe it’s one of the best gifts you can give them!