Sometimes it is useful to know how many people say "yes" or "no" to a proposal. Other issues are more complicated and a simple "yes or no" question in a survey doesn't do justice to the many factors involved. A citizens' jury is one way to address this.
A citizens' jury brings together a diverse group of between 12 and 25 members of the public, who are usually randomly chosen. They work through an issue, share ideas and eventually come up with a set of recommendations. The participants are helped by experienced facilitators who make sure everyone has a fair say and that the task is achieved.
The Chief Medical Officer called for changes in the way care is delivered in Scotland, including involving patients more in decisions. The Citizens' Jury was set up to explore this issue further.Find out more
The Citizens' Jury made 13 recommendations for how shared decision-making could be supported in Scottish health and care.Find out more
Process and evaluation
24 members of the public were selected to form the Citizens' Jury. They met on 3 days in October and November 2018 to hear from experts and identify recommendations for action.Find out more