In the Citizen Juries® approach, you create a 'jury panel' of a diverse group of randomly selected patient/public/community partners. Patient/public/community partners are provided with background information on the research decision they are being asked to make (e.g. information on different ways to collect data; information about the data that was collected that partners will then be asked to theme and interpret; or different ways of implementing research findings). The jury is then presented with a range of possible alternatives, and asked to make judgements and provide their opinions on the best course of action (e.g. what data collection method should be used in the research project; how the jury interprets the data; or how the research findings should be implemented). Researchers agree ahead of time to commit to the decision of the jury. The jury often provides their decision in the form of a report to the researchers, which may include concrete recommendations for action.
Some key characteristics of Citizen Juries® is that patient/public/community partners are randomly selected, representative, informed, impartial and deliberative.
Citizen Juries® can be useful for:
- Facilitating highly focused dialogue on key research decisions around data collection methods, interpretation of data and how research findings should be implemented.
- Developing solutions from that reflect patient/public/community partners needs and perspective.
- Observing how attitudes around particular research decisions are articulated and changed.