Data

General Issues
Health
Specific Topics
Mental Health
Location
Ottawa
Canada
Scope of Influence
National
Links
https://tinyurl.com/y6ru7c9m
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
36
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
Targeted Demographics
People with Disabilities
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Reference Panel
Q&A Session
Deliberation
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
General Agreement/Consensus
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Non-Governmental Organization
Government-Owned Corporation
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Changes in people’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
Implementers of Change
Appointed Public Servants

CASE

Citizens' Reference Panel on the Mental Health Action Plan for Canada

General Issues
Health
Specific Topics
Mental Health
Location
Ottawa
Canada
Scope of Influence
National
Links
https://tinyurl.com/y6ru7c9m
Start Date
End Date
Ongoing
No
Time Limited or Repeated?
A single, defined period of time
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Approach
Consultation
Spectrum of Public Participation
Consult
Total Number of Participants
36
Open to All or Limited to Some?
mixed
Recruitment Method for Limited Subset of Population
stratified
Targeted Demographics
People with Disabilities
General Types of Methods
Deliberative and dialogic process
General Types of Tools/Techniques
Facilitate dialogue, discussion, and/or deliberation
Propose and/or develop policies, ideas, and recommendations
Inform, educate and/or raise awareness
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Citizens' Reference Panel
Q&A Session
Deliberation
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Yes
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Face-to-Face
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Ask & Answer Questions
Information & Learning Resources
Expert Presentations
Written Briefing Materials
Decision Methods
General Agreement/Consensus
Idea Generation
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Report
Type of Organizer/Manager
Non-Governmental Organization
Government-Owned Corporation
Type of Funder
Government-Owned Corporation
Staff
No
Volunteers
No
Evidence of Impact
Yes
Types of Change
Changes in public policy
Changes in people’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior
Implementers of Change
Appointed Public Servants
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MASS was commissioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to gather 36 randomly-selected Canadians to hear from mental health leaders and deliberate on policy recommendations to shape MHCC's strategic plan for the first ever national Citizens' Reference Panel.

Problems and Purpose 

The Citizens' Reference Panel was tasked by the Mental Health Commission of Canada "with learning about the mental health needs of Canadians, how mental illness is treated across Canada, understanding the priorities of different communities, and working together to recommend actions for inclusion in the Mental Health Action Plan for Canada. The Panel met for five full days in Ottawa, where they completed an intensive learning and deliberation process." [1]

Background History and Context 

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities 

Participant Recruitment and Selection 

Methods and Tools Used 

This case is an example of a Citizens' Reference Panel, which refers to "a non-compulsory public jury used in Canada to provide policy advice to public and elected officials. They are generally convened by the government or a public agency and typically meet several times over a period of weeks or months to learn about, discuss, and reach agreement (or alignment) on a contentious public issue."[2] 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects 

Analysis and Lessons Learned 

See Also 

Citizens' Reference Panel 

MASS LBP

References 

[1] Reference Panels. MASS LBP. Accessed April 28, 2019, https://www.masslbp.com/refpanels 

[2] https://participedia.xyz/method/635 

External Links 

Mental Health Commission of Canada 

Recommendations from the Citizens’ Reference Panel on the Mental Health Action Plan for Canada 

Notes