Taking Deliberative Research Online


03/05/2023 - 04/05/2023

Organised by:

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)


Duncan Grimes


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Emily Adams

video conference logo

Venue: Online


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 online course explores the principles, benefits and limitations of deliberative approaches to social research and in particular the challenges and opportunities of delivering these online. 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.  It covers a combination of theory and practical examples to consider both doing deliberative research and being a deliberative researcher. It does not focus on the analysis of deliberative data.

Delivered across 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
  • Explains the difference between deliberative methods and others forms of qualitative research including when deliberation can add most value.
  • 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
  • You have experience of delivering public engagement events and want to understand more about how this can be applied in a research context

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


The fee per teaching day is £30 per day for students / £60 per day for staff working for academic institutions, Research Councils and other recognised research institutions, registered charity organisations and the public sector / £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.

Website and registration:


Greater London


Epistemology, Participatory Research, Digital Social Research, Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination (other)

Related publications and presentations:

Participatory Research
Digital Social Research
Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination (other)

Back to archive...