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Category: Joint Decision Making

Number of Participants: -50

Participant Profile: Extraverted

Expertise: No Expertise Required

Participant Eligibility: Moderate Eligibility

Duration: 1 Day

Budget: High

Venue: Indoor

Online: +

What are Consensus Talks?

It is research centered around a group of 10 to 30 citizens tasked with the assessment of a socially controversial issue.


Allows the participation of non-authorized citizens
Can be used in social awareness and experience studies
Allows non-experts to get their opinions
Allows learning new information


It is expensive
Used only when there is disagreement
Does not ensure representation of all segments of society

How Are Consensus Meetings Scheduled?

STEP 1: Planning: Project manager, responsible, advisory board are determined. Scope, subject and budget are set.

STEP 2:  It begins with the selection of a randomly selected panel of citizens from the general population.

STEP 3: Initial Research Week: The project is introduced, key issues are identified, questions are first drafted, and expert presentations are made.

STEP 4: Second Research Week: As a continuation of the first week, presentations are made and questions are asked. Planning is done for the general conference.

STEP 5: Public Conference

a. Day 1: Expert presentations and cross-examinations

b. Day 2: Citizen panel asks additional questions, experts are asked audience questions. Citizen panel report is prepared.

c. Day 3: Citizens' final report is presented.

STEP 6: Dissemination or Evaluation

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