Delphi Studies for Academic Research

A one-and-a half-hour Webinar

27th February 2023

Presented by:  Dr Dan Remenyi

What this webinar is about

The Delphi technique is a group consensus process that has been proven over many years to be a valuable tool in attempting to produce agreement in the opinions of a group of informants.  It was designed to assist in the collection and analysis of expert opinion in order to obtain a deeper understanding of issues and/or trends. Delphi studies is a reiterative process requiring a questionnaire to be completed a number of times. It is always a short questionnaire, and the completion time should be quite short. From an academic research point of view Delphi Studies are a structured approach to collecting data. This technique which has been employed since the mid-20th century represents an approach which allows a considerable quantity of both quantitative and qualitative data to be gathered in a relatively controlled and easy to manage manner.

Objectives of webinar

  1. Explain the purpose and uses of the Delphi technique
  2. Provide guidance in designing, developing, and executing a Delphi Study
  3. Demonstrate some of the techniques available for analysing the results of a Delphi Study
  4. Pointing out the limitations of a Delphi Study

A template to use in a Delphi Study will be supplied to each participant.

Webinar Outline

Data for academic research

  • The fundamental importance of data
  • Primary versus secondary data
  • Quantitative versus qualitative data
  • Positivism versus interpretivism 

The origin of Delphi Studies

  • A tool for focusing informed opinion
  • The notion of forecasting
  • Opening the technique to general research

Different forms of the Delphi

  • The questionnaire versus the interview
  • The structured question versus the open comment
  • Hybrid approaches

Developing the inventory of question

  • How many questions
  • How to scale them

Producing a panel of experts

  • Who qualifies as an expert
  • How many experts are required
  • How long should one give participants to complete
  • Non-completions

Different approaches to analysis

  • Quantitative analysis
  • Qualitative analysis

The results

  • What does the Delphi Study produce?
  • How do the results of a Delphi Study fit into the academic tool set?

The next step

  • Progressing the research


The webinar will be held on 27 February 2023 from 2:00pm-3:30pm (GMT) via Zoom. The Zoom Room will open at 1:45 pm (GMT).

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