Deliberative Opinion Charting
The broad approach, sometimes referred to as “opinion charting”, involves:
-Mapping of the major underlying positions (relevant beliefs and values) in respect to a policy issue and changes to these positions
-Analysis of changes in policy positions; and
-Analysis of the changing relationship between underling positions and policy positions (i.e. the logic of how reasons for holding a policy position map onto a particular position.
The analysis permits assessment of the impact of different kinds of transformation, and trends in the changes that individuals with various pre-existing issue positions. The results permit policy makers to identify features of a decision that will appeal to different sectors of the community, as well as how those psotions are likely develop once a policy is implements. More importantly, from a broader democratic perspective, it permits the identification of particular aspects of the issue that are most contentious, and the extent to which differences are a reconcilable by improved policy or public engagement.
The broad approach, with some demonstration results are shown in the videos below.