How to conduct deliberative or policy dialogues: an interactive methodological guideline

Session Type
Capacity building in evidence synthesis
Andrade KR1, Borges R1, Togo C1, Meirelles C1, Fulone I1, Figueiró M2, Yokunura T2, Riera R3, Mendes N4, Barreto J5, Toma T6, Bortoli M6, Marinh M1, Boeira L7, Sousa S5, Rego D1
1Ministry of Health´s Departament of Science and Technology of Brazil, Brazil
2Heart Hospital, Brazil
3Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil
4Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
5Fiocruz, Brazil
6Institute of São Paulo, Brazil
7Institute of Veredas, Brazil

Background: Deliberative Dialogue (DD) constitutes an interactive knowledge-sharing mechanism, making it possible to integrate synthesized research evidence with the perceptions and tacit knowledge of those who will be involved or affected by future decisions related to a highly priority issue. Although there are guidelines for conducting DD in the world, the Evidence Center from the Department of Science and Technology from the Ministry of Health identified that there was still a gap related to some tools that would guide and standardize the conduction of DD in Brazil, presenting the main concepts and necessary steps, using a simple, accessible and customized language and format for professionals, researchers and health managers in the Brazilian context. Objective: To develop an interactive methodological guideline for conducting DD.
Methods: About 10 Brazilian experts in Evidence-Informed Policies (EIP) were workedwith the aim of adding different views, experiences and tacit knowledge to the guideline construction process, comprising the steps: i. definition of key specialists; ii. holding 4 virtuais workshops to discuss and define the items considered essential; iii. elaboration of the guideline, following a systematic and transparent method, based on tools in the area; iv. content validation; v. recording and insertion of videos with prominent actors in the theme; vi, diffusion of the final product.
Results: The prepared guideline addresses the following aspects: i. EIP and the Unified Health System; ii. Definition and contexts of DD; iii. How to organize and prepare for a DD; iv. DD analysis; v. DD synthesis; vi. Issues to be considered in the evaluation of the DD; vii. Insights and; viii. Final considerations. In addition, it has a glossary for consulting terms and three checklists: i. Checklist for the DD organizing team; ii. Checklist for the DD facilitator and; iii. Checklist for DD participants.
Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this was the first guideline in Latin America and the Caribbean that proposed to assemble different scientific knowledge about the DD elaboration process. It is believed that this document will contribute to the standardization, qualification and evaluation of DD.
Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: none