7. Generative learning

What does the standard say?

7. Generative learning

Assembly members hear balanced, accurate and comprehensive information and evidence

Assembly members hear from diverse witnesses with a range of views

Assembly members determine their own questions for witnesses and have sufficient time to question them

Witnesses are briefed so that they clearly understand that their role is to stimulate and support discussions among the assembly members, not to lead or direct them

The learning phase supports the subsequent deliberation and decision-making phases, enabling assembly members to arrive at informed and considered judgements

Assembly members select at least some of the evidence and/or witnesses they wish to hear

What role do experts play in a citizens' assembly?

Participants hear from witnesses who include technical experts to provide factual background information, and key stakeholders with a wide range of policy preferences.  

Experts can also be part of the Advisory Group or may be called as an expert lead to support assembly members throughout the course of the assembly. 

How do I ensure that the evidence presented is balanced and impartial?

An Advisory Group supports preparations for the citizens' assembly. Its role is to help ensure that the assembly’s plans and materials are factually accurate, comprehensive, balanced and unbiased. 

Sometimes to further ensure balance and accuracy, an Expert Lead is appointed to advise on the selection of expert contributors and development of materials. The expert lead should be someone well respected for their knowledge and impartiality on the subject.