Fishbowl Process

Fishbowl Process

The Fishbowl Process is an activity that can be used to manage a group discussion. The research team (which includes patient/public/community partners) opens their meeting up to the general public, and invites others to observe while they have a regular meeting. This allows for community members to witness how decisions are made within the research team, and allows community members an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.


The Fishbowl Process can be useful for:

  • Providing transparency and increasing trust among the public and the research team.
  • Sharing honestly with community how health researchers, decision makers, policy makers, patients and healthcare professions work together and come to make decisions.
  • When the research topic is  complex and requires additional insights and perspectives.


Note: One suggestion is to have one chair at the research team table open so that community members can come in and join the research team and get a chance to speak at the table. 


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