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Details for «Consensus Conference»

Consensus conferences offer a way of obtaining and understanding informed citizens' views on controversial issues. The outcomes can be used to develop materials on the subject for public use as well as to inform media debates on the issue. In general, consensus conferences are used for issues that achieve national prominence and where the debates have been monopolised by expert voices.
Participants are chosen who do not have a direct stake in the issue under discussion.
The process should be deliberative with participants meeting on more than one occasion.
Participants are provided with information and the opportunity to question experts (for example researchers or companies developing technologies).
The outcome of the conference is usually a report that highlights the points of agreement (consensus) between participants.
Consensus reports illustrate aspects of the issue on which there is general agreement. However, it is anticipated that there will also be many points of disagreement.
Consensus conferences are normally conducted with a view to publicising the outcome widely. Consequently, a strategy to maximise your impact should be developed at the start of the project.

Attribute Value
Phase of decision makingPlans/programmes
Number of Stakeholders Involved10 - 30
Participation LevelConsult/Exchange
Frequency of meetingsFew meetings over short period (few weeks, months)
Level of decision-makingNational
Combination of StakeholdersPublic
Scientific experts
Implementer of the toolGovernment
The tool supports the following objectivesShared responsibility
Legitimacy
Transparency
Feeds into a legitimate process
Issue definition

References

Nuclear Energy Agency (2004). Stakeholder Involvement Techniques: Short Guide and Annotated Bibliography. OECD, 2004. NEA No. 5418

Links

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-toolkit/what-how-and-why/public-engagement/guide/consensus-conference.aspx

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