Tony O'Hagan - SHELF: the Sheffield Elicitation Framework

SHELF Training, 8-11 April 2019

Course announcement

Tony O'Hagan and colleagues will be running four days of tuition on Expert Knowledge Elicitation with SHELF, on 8-11 April 2019.

It will be based on the very successful training we gave in January and September 2018, but with a few improvements.

The first two days, 8-9 April, will comprise a comprehensive short course, Elicitation with SHELF. This course will cover the principles of expert elicitation and the SHELF method, together with practical considerations in planning and running a SHELF elicitation workshop.

The key role in the SHELF method is that of the facilitator. The third day, Advanced Facilitation on 10 April, will be an intensive, small group, hands-on session for participants who wish to be trained to act as facilitators. Each trainee will gain practical experience of facilitating a SHELF elicitation workshop, using carefully designed and realistic scenarios. Trainees will also gain experience in another important role, that of recorder. Attendance is limited to four trainees, and so we expect to repeat the Advanced Facilitation day on 11 April for another four trainees. Participants will need to have first attended the two-day Elicitation with SHELF course (on either this or a previous occasion).

The tutors

The course tutors have extensive experience of conducting SHELF elicitations and of presenting training courses. The team comprises Tony O'Hagan, Jeremy Oakley, John-Paul Gosling, Kate Ren and John Stevens.

Registration and course fees

To register for the Elicitation with SHELF course and/or an Advanced Facilitation day, just send us an email.

Course fees are 575 for Elicitation with SHELF and 1600 for Advanced Facilitation, including refreshments and lunches. Please note that the courses require a minimum number of delegates - 10 for the two-day Elicitation with SHELF course and 3 for each Advanced Facilitation day. If courses have unfortunately to be cancelled because of insufficient numbers, all registration fees will be refunded.


The course will be held in Sheffield at the Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 2GZ.

The venue is in the centre of Sheffield, and in addition to the Leopold Hotel there are several other hotels nearby.


The start and end times of each course will be as follows. More detailed schedules may be found here.

Elicitation with SHELF will begin at 0930 on Monday, 8 April, with registration and refreshments available from 0900. This course will end no later than 1700 on Tuesday, 9 April.

Each Advanced Facilitation day will begin at 0915, with registration and refreshments available from 0845, and will end no later than 1700.

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