Data

Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
Face-to-Face
General Type of Method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Typical Purpose
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Spectrum of Public Participation
Inform
Links
When Does Deliberation Begin? Internal Reflection versus Public Discussion in Deliberative Democracy
Q&A: A system for the Capture, Organization and Reuse of Expertise
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All
Number of Participants
Medium size groups
Large groups
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Ask & Answer Questions
Listen/Watch as Spectator
Facilitation
No
Decision Methods
Not Applicable
Scope of Implementation
City/Town
Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
Low polarization

METHOD

Q&A Session

Face-to-Face, Online, or Both?
Face-to-Face
General Type of Method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Typical Purpose
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Spectrum of Public Participation
Inform
Links
When Does Deliberation Begin? Internal Reflection versus Public Discussion in Deliberative Democracy
Q&A: A system for the Capture, Organization and Reuse of Expertise
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Open to All
Number of Participants
Medium size groups
Large groups
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Ask & Answer Questions
Listen/Watch as Spectator
Facilitation
No
Decision Methods
Not Applicable
Scope of Implementation
City/Town
Level of Polarization This Method Can Handle
Low polarization
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Q&A sessions are often held during deliberative events to allow participants to gain knowledge from experts, officials, and others knowledgeable on the topic under discussion. Most Q&A sessions are moderated and some may use technological assistance.

Problems and Purpose

Q&A sessions are often held at the outset of a deliberative event to inform participants on the issue(s) under deliberation. The Q&A is often preceded by 'testimonies' or informational lectures by a panel of experts in their field. The term 'expert' is used to denote those who organizers (or, in some cases, the participants) deemed worthy of sharing their opinions on the subject and can include stakeholders, public officials or academics (etc). 

Q&A sessions with experts are an important component of many participatory processes such as Citizens' Juries, and Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

Origins and Development

How it Works

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Citizens Jury 

Expert Advisory Panel 

References

External Links

When Does Deliberation Begin? Internal Reflection versus Public Discussion in Deliberative Democracy 

Q&A: A system for the Capture, Organization and Reuse of Expertise  

http://resilia-solutions.eu/2016/08/what-can-cities-learn-from-the-participatory-democracy-experience-of-saillans/ 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/participatory-approach 

Notes