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Expert and Interpretation Panels, together with other consensus methods, like the Electronic Delphi, originated in the 1950s and 1960s and were used primarily by military and in science and technology forecasting. In different forms and variations, Expert and Interpretation Panels have expanded into many areas of study. In this chapter we will use the terms Expert and Interpretation Panels interchangeably. In some cases, those being asked to interpret are experts in the traditional and formal sense; however, it may be that the so-called experts arise not out of technical expertise or education but rather those invited to Panels may be experts in experience or implementation. So, the notion of experts is wide-ranging. So, too, is the “interpretation” adjective. It may be that the Interpretation Panel is invited to help researcher into a mixed methods approach to uncover initial insights from gathered data or at later stages of analyses or coding. Sometimes the Expert and Interpretation Panel are co-analyzers with the researcher and/or their deliberations may become additional data and contribute directly to the findings of a study.

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Walker, K.D. (2023). Interpretation and Expert Panels. In: Okoko, J.M., Tunison, S., Walker, K.D. (eds) Varieties of Qualitative Research Methods. Springer Texts in Education. Springer, Cham.

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