Delphi StudyConnecting Global Experts
“Delphi may be characterized as a method for structuring a group communication process so that the process is effective in allowing a group of individuals, as a whole, to deal with a complex problem. “
Linstone, H.A. & Turoff, M. (1975). The Delphi Method: Techniques and Applications. Addison-Wesley, London. pp. 302-321.
What is a Delphi Study?
Our study employs a Delphi Method consisting of a series of three electronically administered questionnaires & the iterative structured analysis & dissemination of data to Panel Members. This method is well regarded as a tool to produce detailed critical examination, build knowledge & assist decision making especially where experts are dispersed geographically, information & theory are insufficient or incomplete, collective judgement is needed to move forward, & it is important to maintain the heterogeneity & contributions of all members of a group (Turoff & Hiltz, 1996).
It is a method well suited to the exploratory aims of this Study.
The information generated will be used to contribute to developing a research framework to study giftedness in adults. Items included in the Questionnaires are therefore designed to elicit & communicate opinions & information about methodology & concepts specifically related to gifted adult research in order to identify & prioritize research needs.
Turoff, M., & Hiltz, S. R. (1996). Computer based Delphi process. In M. Adler, & E. Ziglio (Eds.). Gazing into the oracle: The Delphi method and its application to social policy and public health (pp. 56-88). London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Participants’ identities will not be divulged, & data will be anonymized.
This is an important property of the method & particularly relevant to this emerging field where it may be useful to critically examine entrenched ideas while also harvesting the views of historically eminent experts. We want to support an exchange of views & opinions relatively free of bias from, for example, status or personal affiliations.