Citizens’ juries were developed in the USA in the 1980s. They are a form of ‘participatory action research’ that involve facilitating deliberative dialogue with members of the public about a particular issue. Randomly selected members of the public are invited to act as ‘jury members’ and to hear from a range of expert ‘witnesses’ on the topic of discussion.
The jury members are encouraged to work together to ask the ‘witnesses’ questions about the evidence and ideas they have put forward and to challenge any claims that they are unsure about. Citizens’ Juries usually last several days and, towards the end of this period, jury members are encouraged to work together to try to reach a ‘verdict’ on the topic of discussion.
In this project, the focus of the Citizens’ Juries discussions will be health inequalities and potential policy responses to these inequalities. We are organising three Citizens’ Juries in Summer 2016, one in Glasgow, one in Liverpool and one in Manchester. Each jury will last two days and will take place in July 2016. If you have been invited to participate in one of these juries, you can find more information about your jury under the relevant tabs on this page (Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester).