Taking Deliberative Research Online (join a waiting list)

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NatCen Social Research


Dr Ceri Davies


24/02/2021 - 25/02/2021


Course run online by NatCen Social Research


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Paige Ridd
CEO Support Officer
NatCen Social Research
Email: Paige.Ridd@natcen.ac.uk


Deliberative research is emerging as a critical method for exploring public attitudes particularly on social and policy problems that are contested, complex or uncertain.  This live course explores the principles, benefits and limitations of deliberative approaches to social research and in particular the challenges and opportunities of delivering these online.  We cover a combination of theory and practical examples to consider both doing deliberative research and being a deliberative researcher.

This course does not focus on the analysis of deliberative data.

It is suitable for those with existing experience of the theory and practice of qualitative research and aimed at those who have responsibility for designing as well as overseeing the delivery of research projects.


Delivered over two half days, the course:

  • Provides participants with an overview of the theoretical principles of deliberation and how these are more recently being used in answering social research questions
  • Explores the uses, benefits and limitations of these methods in both on and offline contexts
  • Covers how to design, conduct and facilitate a synchronous online deliberative workshop using video technology
  • Offers specific guidance on the role of the moderator in events including strategies for participation
  • Invites participants to engage with the competencies and ethics of being a deliberative researcher


This course will be useful to you if:

  • You want to expand the range of participative qualitative methods you use for research
  • You want to learn more about the use of online approaches to social research
  • You have used deliberative research approaches in face to face studies and want to consider how to bring it online


By the end of the module participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between deliberative research and other analogous methods (e.g. focus groups) and understand when it is appropriate to use deliberative approaches
  • Design and conduct an online deliberative workshop
  • Understand the role and key skills required of moderators
  • Identify the ethical considerations and frameworks useful to deliberative research


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


The fee per teaching day is:1. £30 - For UK registered postgraduate students2. £60 - For staff at UK academic institutions, ESRC funded researchers and registered charity organisations3. £100 - For all other participantsFees include event materials.In the event of cancellation by the delegate a full refund of the course fee is available up to two weeks prior to the course. NO refunds are available after this date.If it is no longer possible to run a course due to circumstances beyond its control, NCRM reserves the right to cancel the course at its sole discretion at any time prior to the event. In this event every effort will be made to reschedule the course. If this is not possible or the new date is inconvenient a full refund of the course fee will be given. NCRM shall not be liable for any costs, losses or expenses that may be incurred as a result of the cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs.

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Greater London


Quality in Qualitative Research, Research and Project Management, Research Ethics, Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

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