Deliberative dialogues


The deliberative dialogue is a widely use approach to facilitate meetings where consensus and debate are not the primary objectives. The process of a deliberative dialogue focusses on integration, interpretation, and contextualisation of research evidence in a specific context. The aim is often to create or amend policies based on the research evidence that is available (see: Boyko, Lavis & Dobbins, [2014]).


Deliberative dialogues focus on creating an environment where the participants are free to deliberate in a group or subgroups. They deliberate on how the research evidence that is available may play a role in creating or amending policies. The deliberation itself is grounded in the entire evidence to action cycle; in particular by having conducted a stakeholder mapping, priority-setting, and evidence synthesis before. By using this integrated approach we aim to increase the likelihood that research is used, with the ultimate objective of e.g. addressing an important policy issue.

Outcome and tracking

Unique to the Support-KT approach is that we actively track how the deliberative dialogues contribute to action. During the dialogue we explicitly seek to understand the different scenarios of research use and what is necessary to enact these scenarios. After the dialogue we will produce a report that offers a written report of this potential process. We will then start tracking whether these scenarios are actually enacted. Should it be requested by the actors involved we go back into the evidence to action cycle by conducting another round of Contribution Mapping.