Deliberative Mapping: a novel analytic-deliberative methodology to support contested science-policy decisions

Burgess, Jacquelin, Stirling, Andy, Clack, Judy, Davies, Gail, Eames, Malcolm, Staley, Kristina and Williamson, Suzanne (2007) Deliberative Mapping: a novel analytic-deliberative methodology to support contested science-policy decisions. Public Understanding of Science, 16 (3). pp. 299-322. ISSN 0963-6625

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Abstract

This paper discusses the methodological development of Deliberative Mapping (DM), a participatory, multi-criteria, option appraisal process that combines a novel approach to the use of quantitative decision analysis techniques with some significant innovations in the field of participatory deliberation. DM is a symmetrical process, engaging "specialists" and "citizens" in the same appraisal process, providing for consistency of framing, mutual inter-linkage and interrogation, and substantial opportunities for face-to-face discussion. Through a detailed case study of organ transplantation options, the paper discusses the steps in DM. The analysis shows that DM is able to elicit and document consensual judgments as well as divergent views by integrating analytic and deliberative components in a transparent, auditable process that creates many opportunities for personal learning, and provides a robust decision-support tool for contested science-policy issues.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Andrew Stirling
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:13
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2012 22:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15267
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