I am not so sure. My answers in this scenario assuming that we don’t make any other changes in addition to raising the goal.
Is the comparison fair?
No. Because we would probably make other changes in addition to raising the goal. So, whether the comparison looks favorable depends on where we freeze the other variables.
Should we consider the comparison (at all)?
Yes! It is useful to notice, “When we pick these choices for the other variables, it makes the comparison favorable to lower goals; when we pick these other choices, it makes the comparison favorable to higher goals.”
How much weight should we give to the comparison?
It depends on what we’ve already decided.
Made-up scenario to make this more concrete
Imagine/pretend that lower goals make more sense with patron-goals, and higher makes more sense with dollar-goals. Additionally, imagine that we reach alignment that, without considering other factors, we prefer patron-goals and separately prefer high-goals.
- We could pick patron/dollar goals first, without thinking about high/low, which we would choose after.
- We could pick high/low goals first, without considering patron/dollar, which we would choose after.
I think either of those is a mistake. In order to make progress, we probably need to decide on something first, but we should make the first decision while considering which of the second options works better with it, based on which of the second options we like more.