Delphi method


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An iterative group judgement technique in which a central source forwards surveys or questionnaires to isolated, anonymous—to each other—participants whose responses are collated/summarised and recirculated to the participants in multiple rounds for further modification/critique, producing a final group response

Delphi method

(del'fi?) [After the oracle of Apollo at Delphi] See: method

Delphi method

The polling of experts in a field to reach consensus, make decisions, or disseminate knowledge. Individual specialists are organized in a virtual group, i.e., one that does not meet face-to-face in one place. They are each given a standard set of questions to answer or review. Their responses are tallied by the group's organizers, and then the preliminary data analysis is shared with all members of the group for further comments and revisions. A final report summarizing the opinions of the group is drafted. The Delphi method is one means of publishing criteria for standards of care or the state of the art of a particular discipline in health care.
See also: method
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The increased knowledge and perspective from the Delphi method can lead to technical excellence and innovation.
The Delphi method has generated a more data-driven, unbiased prioritization of topics important for study," Strober said.
Delphi method is carried out with the participation of individuals with knowledge and expertise in the research topic.
The Delphi method is a group technique aimed to obtain the most reliable consensus of opinion of a group of experts (Dalkey, Helmer 1963).
This consensus process resulted in the identification of priority topics for research on bacterial STIs in Canada through the use of three rounds of a modified Delphi method with people working in the field of bacterial STIs across Canada.
Combining the Delphi method, fuzzy theory, and AHP is successful in investigating relevant research concerns, such as performing fuzzy hierarchical analysis (Buckley, 1985), selecting optimum maintenance strategies (Wang et al.
Norman Dalkey and Olaf Helmer, An Experimental Application of the Delphi Method to the Use of Experts, Memorandum RM-727/1-Abridged (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, July 1962), http://www.
The present investigation involved application of the Delphi method to identify and prioritize issues and recommendations.
The theoretical framework proposed in this study, together with information collected from the application of the Delphi method, allows the development of a modified model for credit risk analysis.
On the basis of the scenario building phases analysis, four prominent scenario building forms can be distinguished: optimization modeling, scenario building based on key factors' behavior description, scenario building based on Delphi method results, and scenario building based on scenario workshops results.
of Sydney) provides a final essay explaining the results of the delphi method surveys.