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Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods

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McDonald D, Bammer G, Deane P. Research Integration Using Dialogue Methods. Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press; 2009.

Research on real-world problems—like restoration of wetlands, the needs of the elderly, effective disaster response and the future of the airline industry—requires expert knowledge from a range of disciplines, as well as from stakeholders affected by the problem and those in a position to do something about it. This book charts new territory in taking a systematic approach to research integration using dialogue methods to bring together multiple perspectives. It links specific dialogue methods to particular research integration tasks. Fourteen dialogue methods for research integration are classified into two groups: 1. Dialogue methods for understanding a problem broadly: integrating judgments 2. Dialogue methods for understanding particular aspects of a problem: integrating visions, world views, interests and values. The methods are illustrated by case studies from four research areas: the environment, public health, security and technological innovation. The book includes ten methods for integrating judgments: • Citizens’ jury • Consensus conference • Consensus development panel • Delphi technique • Future search conference • Most significant change technique • Nominal group technique • Open space technology • Scenario planning • Soft systems methodology. The book includes four dialogue methods for understanding particular aspects of a problem: • Appreciative inquiry – integrating visions • Strategic assumption surfacing and testing – integrating world views • Principled negotiation – integrating interests • Ethical matrix – integrating values.

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dialogue, integration, dialogue methods, consensus development

Addresses these goal(s):

  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes

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