Deliberative processes such as citizens' juries, consensus conferences, or deliberative polls are increasingly used to engage citizens and stakeholders with challenging public health issues for the purposes of informing policy-making.
||Deliberative processes allow a group of actors to receive and exchange information, to critically examine an issue, and to arrive at an agreement that informs decision making. |
Deliberative processes are generally viewed as tools of democratic governance. This trend is rooted in reflections on deliberative democracy that have been flourishing since the 1980s. Resources focused on this subject generally place emphasis on the participation of civil society in government decision making (e.g. to define a problem, identify priorities, allocate resources or evaluate the implications of various policy options). Deliberation thus promotes not only agreement among various actors affected by a policy, the emergence of an informed and engaged public, and the taking into account of the public's perspective, but also transparency, legitimacy and accountability in decision making.
The Centre has taken an interest in deliberative processes as promising way to bring a diverse set of actors as well as evidence to the table, with more informed and context-rich decision-making as the result.
As such, we are developing a set of resources relating to deliberative processes in order to add them to the set of strategies and tools available to public health actors.
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