Taking Deliberations Online (online)

Organised by

National Centre for Social Research


Dr Ceri Davies


13/10/2021 - 14/10/2021


Run online by National Centre for Social Research


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Paige Ridd
CEO Support Officer
0207 549 7194


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.

This two (half) day course 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. 

The course covers:

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

By the end of the course 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

Format of course:

  • 13th & 14th October 2021
  • The course is run across two mornings (10am - 1pm) and equates to one teaching day for payment purposes
  • Mixture of lecture, question and answer and interactive sessions
  • Synchronous


This course 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.

Course Materials:

Participants will receive written course notes electronically (by email)

The following reading is desirable:

  • Degeling, C. (2019). Deliberative Methods. SAGE Research Methods Foundation. In Press. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Ltd
  • Friess, D., & Eilders, C. (2015). A systematic review of online deliberation research. Policy & Internet, 7(3), 319-339.
  • Young, I. M. (2000) Inclusion and Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.






Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


The fee per teaching day is: • £30 per day for students registered at UK/EU University. • £60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions. • £100 per day for all other participants 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 its cancellation of a course, including but not limited to any travel or accommodation costs. The University of Southampton’s Online Store T&Cs also continue to apply.

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Greater London


Epistemology, Digital Social Research, Qualitative Research , Deliberative and Participatory Methods , Research Skills

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