Dialogue methods

Fourteen dialogue methods are described to facilitate interactions between, and synthesise knowledge from, experts from a range of disciplines, as well as stakeholders affected by the problem and those in a position to do something about it. Dialogue can be key to research on real-world problems—like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective disaster response and the future of the airline industry. As well as describing the methods, this book illustrates their use with cases from health, environment and security. The specific dialogue methods are: 

Dialogue Methods for Understanding a Problem Broadly: Integrating Judgments Dialogue Methods for Understanding Particular Aspects of a Problem: Integrating Visions, World Views, Interests and Values
Citizens’ Jury Appreciative Inquiry
Consensus Conference Strategic Assumption Surfacing and Testing
Consensus Development Panel Principled Negotiation
Delphi Technique Ethical Matrix
Future Search Conference  
Most Significant Change Technique  
Nominal Group Technique  
Open Space Technology  
Scenario Planning  
Soft Systems Methodology  

Reference: McDonald, D., Bammer, G. and Deane, P. (2009). Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods. ANU E-Press, Canberra, Australia.
Full text online at: http://press.anu.edu.au/publications/research-integration-using-dialogue-methods.

Two of these methods (Delphi Technique and Most Significant Change Technique) are also included in the td-net Toolbox for Co-producing Knowledge featured elsewhere in I2S resources: https://i2s.anu.edu.au/resources/knowledge-coproduction-td-net-toolbox

Posted: May 2011
Last modified: November 2019