We can all help disarm the Delphi Technique . . .


By AL Whitney © copyround 2015
Permission is granted for redistribution if linked to original and AntiCorruption Society.com is acknowledged.

The following brochure was prepared as a tool to pass out either before, during or after Delphi ‘events’. The contents are depicted below and a link to a pdf version follows. The page is 8 1/2 X 11 and is designed to be printed on card stock and cut into three brochures.




 Key tip-off word: CONSENSUS

The Delphi Technique was established by the private RAND corporation think-tank as a way to create the impression of group (public) input. It is commonly used to create a false “consensus”.

Group manipulation is more often

the rule than the exception.

The goal of the gathering will be presented to you as a problem to be solved or a policy to be established. You may or may not share the stated goal or their perception of the problem; however CRITICISM OF THE AGENDA will be quickly silenced.

Check list of a Delphi meeting:

  • Attendees are told their input is important and might even be referred to as “stakeholders”.
  • Polls, surveys or questionnaires are generally presented. The questions are designed to support a predetermined outcome. They rarely have a “none of the above” choice.
  • The group is generally divided into smaller groups and assigned a small aspect of the bigger issue. Participants in each group are not privy to the comments/concerns of the other groups.
  • Each ‘break out group’ will have a facilitator that will ‘guide’ their discussion.
  • Eventually the smaller groups will come together and share their ‘findings’.
  • If you disagree with the premise of the policy or choices being offered, you are likely to be marginalized or even insulted. This permits the planners to control any dissent to the predetermined outcome.

By controlling the following factors, a structured group can be manipulated into seemingly supporting the organizer’s predetermined objective:

  • facilitator – trained in Delphi technique
  • invitees – many with little or no expertise
  • questionnaires – designed to support predetermined objective
  • discussion – controlled by facilitators
  • final scores – tallied in private
  • final report – neither reviewed nor approved by attendees

If during the event you realize that the policy proposed is not good for your family, your organization, or your community, your objections will most likely be silenced.

The organizers do not want the group to nix the plan,

they want to present their plan (or report) as having the overall

support of the group.

If you conclude that your input wasn’t really considered or if you were bullied for criticizing the plan or idea put forth  . . . you have been DELPHIED!

The planners of the meeting/gathering have been well trained in this technique. They have been brainwashed into believing that this is a legitimate process for public participation.

Important questions to ask in the presence of the whole group:

  • Who do you work for, who pays your salary?
  • Who will pay for the implementation of this policy or how will this report be used?
  • Will the voters weigh in on this agenda?
  • What about the majority of our community that is not here, what do they want?



The Delphi Perception Management Technique

Expert Consensus Science Reports are scientific Mumbo Jumbo

2 responses to “We can all help disarm the Delphi Technique . . .

  1. Pingback: How to Recognize and Respond to the Delphi Technique in Discussion Groups - GS2AC

  2. Excellent tool. You might want to include an example list of types of meetings/issues being delphied eg, windmills, carbon controls, parks, downtown developments etc– public/private partnerships

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