Qualitative Controlled Feedback for Forming Group Judgments and Making Decisions

by S. James Press

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Presents a new methodology for helping members of a group to arrive at carefully reasoned value judgments or decisions. The new procedure, called "qualitative controlled feedback," presents each group member with a common question, and each member is asked independently for both an answer to the question, and for reasons which he feels justify his answer. An intermediary collects all stated reasons and informs all group members of the totality of reasons (but not the answers). The same question is then presented to the group members independently again. The process is repeated until the individual judgments stabilize.

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