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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