IMAGINE: A Card-Based Discussion Method
This chapter introduces IMAGINE – a card-based group discussion method for qualitative research and engagement processes. IMAGINE was developed as a response to three major challenges that tend to emerge in discussion groups and participatory exercises. First, it renders new or complex issues accessible by offering participants a broad repertoire of structured resources without pre-configuring the issue too much. Second, it seeks to contribute to participatory justice by assuring that all participants get time and space for expressing their visions. Third, the cards allow the introduction of expert opinions without expert presence, thus avoiding the emergence of strong lay-expert divides. The method consists of a number of different card sets and a specific choreography. We explain the rationale behind different card types and how researchers can go about creating their own card sets. The contribution also includes suggestions for how to conduct and analyze IMAGINE discussion groups so as to harness their full potential. It concludes by pointing towards potential future directions in which the method could be developed.
KeywordsCard-based discussion method Group discussions Deliberation Engagement Participation Participatory justice
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