Citizen Juries®

Citizen Juries

In the Citizen Juries® approach, you create a 'jury panel' consisting of a diverse group of randomly selected (using scientific polling techniques) patient/public partners. Health researchers, policy makers, decision makers, healthcare professionals, and community organizations are seen as 'witnesses' who provide the jury with information about the key aspects of the research decision to be made (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) and present a range of perspectives and opinions. The jury can engage witnesses in conversation and make sure all questions they might have are answered. The jury then deliberates over the research decision that must be made, using a variety of different participatory approaches to come to a consensus. Health researchers agree ahead of time to commit to the research decision made by the jury. The jury often provides their decision in the form of a report to the health researchers, which may include concrete recommendations for action.


Some key characteristics of Citizen Juries® is that patient/public 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.
  • Making research decisions that reflect  patient/public partners needs and perspectives.
  • Observing how attitudes around particular research decisions are articulated and changed.


 Additional Resources:

1. Public Participation Guide: Citizen Juries

2. What are Citizen Juries?

3. Citizen Juries: An Action Research Method