The Delphi Method is a structured communication technique in which respondents are asked questions in two or more rounds. After each round, the respondents are encouraged to revise their original answers after seeing how the others responded. During this process, a consensus is reached.
What is Delphi Method, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Delphi Method
Description of Delphi Method
The Delphi Method is based on the principle that forecasts (or decisions) from a structured group of individuals are more accurate than those from unstructured group. It is named after the “Oracle of Delphi”, based on based on the assumption that group judgments are more valid than individual judgments.
There are four key characteristics of the Delphi method which help participants to focus on the issues at hand and separate Delphi from other methodologies:
- Anonymity of the participants: This prevents the authority, personality, or reputation of some participants from dominating others in the process.
- Structuring of Information Flow: The initial contributions from the experts are collected in the form of answers to questionnaires and their related comments. This avoids the negative effects of face-to-face panel discussions and solves the potential problem of group think.
- Regular Feedback: The Delphi Method allows participants to comment on the responses of others, the progress of the panel as a whole, and to revise their own forecasts and opinions in real time.
Role of the Facilitator: The coordinator of the Delphi Method is the person most knowledgeable who sends and receives the questionnaires, processes the results and requests feedback from the participants.
Tools & Templates
Specific tools used in the Delphi Method include questionnaires, interviews and business forecast models.
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