A technique for consultation PDF Print E-mail

The ‘Nominal Group Technique’ was found to be a successful method for maximising community involvement in the development of our school policy statement. This statement was discussed in conjunction with the entire community. School staff and all community members sat down outdoors and talked about the future of the school and policy directions, using a set of discussion questions. Every answer given by every person to every question was recorded in whichever language each person felt most comfortable speaking. People could also choose not to respond to any of the questions. We had two scribes, who were bilingual, and recorded everything that was said. The recorded answers were then used as the basis for the school policy statement, using the ideas of the majority of the responses to each question. This technique took a lot of time but it distributed speaking opportunities evenly and minimised the dominance some voices may have had, if the discussion had been a general one and in English only. At the end of the day, everyone felt satisfied that they had had their say.