Upcoming and recent citizens’ juries
Our most recent citizens’ juries
Two five-day citizens’ juries were held in February 2019 to explore the kinds of explanations people should be entitled to when decisions are made about them by, or using, artificial intelligence. Scenarios in healthcare, criminal justice and job recruitment were explored. The first jury was in Coventry from 18 to 22 February, and then the same process was repeated with 18 different people in Manchester from 25 February to 1 March. The project was jointly commissioned by the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The juries directly informed the ICO’s Project explAIn Interim Report. You can read more, watch the video, download the report and other outputs from the citizens’ jury project here.
The citizens’ jury about the location of a new community hospital in the Forest of Dean ran from 1pm on 30 July to 5pm on 3 August 2018. The citizens’ jury recommended Cinderford, and the two local health Boards backed that recommendation. For more information, including the Jurors’ Report, click here Healtex website – the sponsors of the jury. here.
Other citizens’ juriesFull details are published of two juries run in January 2016, and of two further juries commissioned by Connected Health Cities, and designed and run by Citizens Juries c.i.c. and the Jefferson Center in November 2016.
Citizens’ Juries c.i.c.Citizens’ Juries c.i.c. is a social enterprise dedicated to designing and running citizens’ juries in partnership with the Jefferson Center, the US- based charity which developed the citizens’ jury method. The Director is Dr Malcolm Oswald, an Honorary Research Fellow in Law at the University of Manchester. Citizens’ Juries c.i.c. is supported by the University of Manchester, and is a member of the Democracy R&D Network, a network of organisations around the world developing, practising and prompting ways to improve democracy. Citizens Juries c.i.c. asks jury applicants to provide personal data about themselves so that we can select a mix of citizens that broadly reflects the local population. Unless explicitly agreed with individuals in advance, we use this data solely for the purpose of recruiting, and running, citizens’ juries and do not share the personal data collected with other organisations, or use it for advertising. We protect it as required by law, including keeping it for no longer than necessary.
What are citizens’ juries?
Why citizens’ juries?Public authorities have many difficult decisions to make like: “how should we decide what drugs the NHS should pay for?” and “should there be fracking in Lancashire?” Opinion polls are important. They tell us what citizens think. But most policy questions are complex. Citizens’ juries give participants reliable information and time to explore difficult questions. They can tell us something that opinion polls and focus groups don’t tell us: what citizens think once they better understand a policy question. That can help, and give legitimacy to, public authorities making decisions that affect the public. Citizens’ juries put the public into public policymaking.
Interested in commissioning a citizens’ jury?
5 reasons to choose Citizens Juries’ c.i.c to design and run your citizens’ jury:
- The only organisation in the UK specialising in designing and running citizens’ juries
- Delivered in partnership with the Jefferson Center – the founders of citizens’ juries
- Rigorous methodology
- Focused on minimising bias – a significant critique of citizens’ juries
- Access to appropriate academic and non-academic expert witnesses.