Nominal Group Technique


This concept is designed to assist practitioners to define nominal group technique (NGT) and apply it in their organisation. You will learn the history behind the technique, how it is practiced in organisations today and the typical steps involved in the application of the classic NGT.

Technique Overview

Nominal Group Technique Definition

Nominal Group Technique (NGT), as a procedure, was designed by Delbecq, Van de Ven, and Gustafson (1975). It is used as an organisational planning technique. NGT, according to Delbecq et al. (1975), has been "applied to group decision making (problem identification. problem solving processes) in two general types of situations: intraorganizational group decision making and soliciting expert or citizen views as input for public policy formulation".

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  • Bissell, P. and Anderson, C. (2003) Supplying Emergency Contraception via Community Pharmacies in the UK: Reflections on the Experiences of Users and Providers. Soc Sci Med Vol. 57, pp. 2367–2378.
  • Claxton, J.D., Brent Ritchie, J.R. and Zaichkowsky, J. (1980), The Nominal Group Technique: Its Potential for Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 7(3), pp. 308-313, December.
  • Cousin, C., Healey, M., Jenkins, A., Bradbeer, J., King, H. and others from the Learning to Do Pedagogic Research Group (2003) Raising Educational Research Capacity: A Discipline-based Approach. In C. Rust (Ed.), Improving Student Learning: Theory and Practice - 10 Years On. Oxford: OCSLD, Oxford.
  • Chambers, R., Drinkwater, C. and Boath, E. (2003) Involving Patients and the Public. (2nd Ed.) Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.

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