Participatory Decision Making is a process that allows patient/public/community research partners to make research decisions. Additionally come to a consensus around research priorities that need to be addressed in the research project. this means finding a common ground and decisions that are acceptable to all patent/public/community partners. With consensus, everyone in the group must agree on a decision.
Participatory Decision Making has nine steps:
1. Define the research decision that needs to be made (i.e " We need to decide on research proprieties that means the most to us");
2. Share experiential knowledge as a group;
3. Brainstorm potential research priorities;
4. Discuss all of the different suggested research priorities;
5. State the list of research priorities;
6. Debate and discuss;
7. Restate the final list of research priorities;
8. Test for consensus; and
9. Consensus or major objections.