Organise an expert panel
Expert panels allow to hear a variety of informed ('expert') viewpoints from which to decide on recommendations or courses of action in relation to an issue or proposal; it is used when highly specialised input and opinion are required for a project.
- Select panellists on the basis of expertise, ensuring issues/groups of relevance are represented.
- Allow time for contacting experts for the panel, and negotiating a mutually suitable time. For very busy people, this can mean planning some months in advance.
- Employ a skilled and unbiased moderator.
- Provide background briefing information to panellists.
- Determine ground rules for the panel.
- Allow public input if possible and appropriate (see also: Fishbowls).
- Determine course of action.
- Present the outcomes of the panel discussions.
The Case study of Byron Shire Council (BSC) in New South Wales, showcases an excellent example of how a group with a limited budget used Expert Panel method in order to increase community education, inform decision-makers and raise the level of awareness about a particular issue.
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