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Deliberative processes are generally viewed as tools of democratic governance. Resources focused on this subject generally place emphasis on the participation of civil society in government decision making (for e.g. to define a problem, identify priorities, allocate resources, or evaluate the implications of various policy options).

Deliberative processes can also be conceived as tools to foster evidenced-informed knowledge translation. The deliberative processes then focus on the participation of experts and decision-makers in order to bridge gaps between the worlds of research and of decision making. Deliberation thus allows for the co-production and co-interpretation of research in order for it to include the decision-making context. Deliberation also allows for a detailed examination of various evidence that can guide decision making (for e.g. scientific, organizational, and/or political data).

Within this project, our work focused on deliberative processes as promising for bringing together various actors and contextualizing evidence to promote more informed decision making.
This included:

  • Introduction to deliberative processes;
  • Resources and tools highlighting promising practices to support deliberation.

Evaluating Deliberative Processes

Deliberative Processes and Knowledge Translation

Deliberative Processes – Selected Resources

What is a Deliberative Process?