The Polis was open for three weeks. To distribute the Polis, the religious organisation sent the link to all their congregation by email in their newsletter and by text message.
Using advanced statistics and machine learning, Polis found groups within groups of this congregation, based on answers and statements, and plotting them on a graph. The more data is collated, the more useful the results.
Based upon the results, the committee learned a great deal about their congregation and their preferences. With only 20 participants, 427 votes were still cast, with 31 additional statements submitted by the congregation. The 31 additional statements were of great importance to the library committee, with the congregation voting on them.
The library committee discovered ideas that they had not previously countenanced. After analysing the data, the committee formulated new policies, knowing that these policies enjoyed consensus within the congregation and that fresh ideas had been unearthed.
Essentially, each member of the congregation was treated equally and anonymously, although Polis does rely on recipients having access to the internet.
The committee distributed the full results of the Polis conversation to their congregation in a transparent way.