Methodological Innovations

The Methodological unit offers shared methodological approaches for all these thematic areas, which deal with participation and its tools. Examples are focus groups, the Delphi method, scenario workshops, citizen juries and consensus conferences. All theses participatory devices intend to initiate dialogue and collaboration among public servants, relevant experts and laypeople — or interested publics. Within this framework, the "Methodology" unit developed a software-based participatory tool, Mesydel, which facilitates (by decreasing costs and increasing participation rates) the application of broad inquiries modeled according to the Delphi method.