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Slide 10

Recruiting/Selecting Participants

Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA
Professor of Internal Medicine and
Health Management and Policy
University of Michigan

Slide 11

Alternatives to Random Sampling

  • Substantive representation
    • Based on extent to which groups affected by decision at issue – e.g., for setting health care priorities, would want to have those with or at greater risk of serious/chronic illnesses represented more than those who are healthy
    • Representation should include adequate or disproportionate inclusion of those who tend to be poorly represented in policy decisions

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Alternatives to Random Sampling (cont.)

  • Deliberators chosen by socially rooted groups can add value to deliberative procedures
    • Defined constituency to whom they are accountable
    • Groups’ organizing capabilities can increase the power of individuals
    • Knowledge and flexibility brought to decision making


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Other Key Decisions

  • Incentives
    • To have less advantaged represented, you need to compensate them for their time
  • Diversity & Heterogeneity
    • Enhances deliberation (anecdotal evidence)
    • Want different points of view about issue – what experiences, groups can bring differences?