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Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

Author(s): David McDonald, with Gabriele Bammer, Peter Deane
Publication Date: 2009

Describing research integration as the process of improving the understanding of real-world problems by synthesising relevant knowledge from diverse disciplines and stakeholders, this book discusses how methods and tools developed for the dialogic process can be useful for research integration. These tools include, among others:

  • Citizens Jury
  • Consensus Conference
  • Consensus Development Panel
  • Delphi Technique
  • Future Search Conference
  • Nominal Group Techniques

Before presenting two in-depth, context specific examples on the application of dialogue methods, the paper concludes that the “unstated assumption” behind all of the methods outlined in the book is that there needs to be a desire from actors towards the dialogue process and without that desire, the process will most certainly fail.