Organise an expert panel

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Expert panels allow to hear a variety of informed ('expert') viewpoints from which to decide on recommendations or courses of action in relation to an issue or proposal; it is used when highly specialised input and opinion are required for a project.


  • Select panellists on the basis of expertise, ensuring issues/groups of relevance are represented.
  • Allow time for contacting experts for the panel, and negotiating a mutually suitable time. For very busy people, this can mean planning some months in advance.
  • Employ a skilled and unbiased moderator.
  • Provide background briefing information to panellists.
  • Determine ground rules for the panel.
  • Allow public input if possible and appropriate (see also: Fishbowls).
  • Determine course of action.
  • Present the outcomes of the panel discussions.


The Case study of Byron Shire Council (BSC) in New South Wales, showcases an excellent example of how a group with a limited budget used Expert Panel method in order to increase community education, inform decision-makers and raise the level of awareness about a particular issue.


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