Citizen Science

Generating Ideas and Exploring Consensus

Published in: The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute [Epub August 2018]

Posted on RAND.org on August 16, 2018

by Sarah Parks, Camilla d'Angelo, Salil Gunashekar

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Researchers seeking to gather opinions from stakeholders have more options than ever before, thanks to a diverse range of digital citizen science resources. Online idea-generation platforms use crowdsourcing to engage large groups of people to help solve problems and develop innovations, while consensus-exploring tools draw on smaller groups to help researchers understand a range of opinions and achieve consensus on a particular topic. Such approaches could be useful in healthcare improvement studies, helping gather expert ideas from NHS staff and patients and building consensus on important issues.

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