Why is deliberation important?
The ACHEEV Team talks about the importance of public consultation in health policy decisions
Jackie Street [00:00:02] So, Chris, what do you think of the main differences between the deliberative processes that we run and the normal qualitative research like focus groups or even surveys?
Chris Degeling [00:00:13] I guess the key difference is that they get input from experts. They get the opportunity to have an appraisal of evidence. They get to make judgements about that evidence. They could do it to discuss the issues with each other. So they get to listen to alternative points of views. That's what deliberation is about. And it's one of the key reasons why this research method is so valuable and such that the decisions that they make or the evidence that they end up generating is based on their authentic preferences, what they really would, what someone who's very well informed would say about a particular problem or issue.
Jackie Street [00:00:46] And they have much longer to consider it. And we give them two to three days with a focus group is one to two hours.
Chris Degeling [00:00:51] Yep. And that means that really the information that they give is much more inclusive and generally well-informed than something like a like a survey or a focus group, those types of responses.
Jackie Street [00:01:05] So I think earlier you were talking about authentic preferences that are the extra time that we give participants, so the two to three days that we allow for those authentic preferences, rather than the one to two hours that a focus group has authored a survey.
Chris Degeling [00:01:21] Yeah. So that's that's the really the big difference is that that extra time and the information and the opportunity to share points of views, consider evidence, factual based information means that rather than just having a knee jerk response like a survey online focus groups, you really get to the heart of what people what matters to people and what they think should happen around particular issues.