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Case Study of the Danish Board of Technology

The Board of Technology was established by the Danish Parliament in 1986 to help ensure that technology decisions are made wisely. In its assessments of technology issues, the Board makes use of expert knowledge as well as the insight and experience of non-expert citizens. Armed with this knowledge, the Board of Technology is able to serve as an independent source of high-quality advice and assessment to the Parliament regarding technology issues. The Board of Technology also encourages decision-makers and citizens to engage in informed debate and discussion about technology issues.

Commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Program, this 6-page case study overviews the deliberative method used by the Danish Board of Technology, details about who participates in the process, information on outcomes/products, a frank section on challenges and limitations of the process, a section on strengths of the process, and the resources and interviews used to inform the case.

This case study was written for a diverse group of stakeholders who did not have much previous knowledge of public engagement and deliberative methodologies.

Sandy Heierbacher
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (2003)

Geographic Focus: Denmark

Resource Link: www.ncdd.org/exchange/files/docs/Danish_Board_case.doc

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