World Café

World Café

This informal technique encourages patient/public/community research partners to come together and have conversations around a research decision such as: “What outcomes should we look at?” “How should we collect data?” and “How do we evaluate success?” World Cafés are more casual and informal. The focus is on the importance of being together, human conversation, and collaborative decision-making.


There are seven underlying principles:

1.  Set the Context;
2.  Create Safe and Accessible Spaces;
3.  Explore Research Decisions that Matter;
4.  Encourage Everyone to Contribute;
5.  Connect Diverse Perspectives;
6.  Listen Together for Patterns and Insights;
7.  Share Collective Discoveries and Decisions.


World Cafés can be useful for:

  • Creating a safe space for individuals who normally would not be together to have meaningful discussions around research decisions—such as outcomes that matter most to them and that should be part of the research design.
  • Highlighting common threads and bringing them to light so research decision and evaluation reflects the needs of people with lived experience of the health issue.


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