Tony O'Hagan - SHELF: the Sheffield Elicitation Framework

SHELF Training, 3-6 September 2018

Course announcement

Tony O'Hagan and colleagues will be running four days of tuition on Expert Knowledge Elicitation with SHELF, on 3-6 September 2018.

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

The first two days, 3-4 September, 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 5 September, 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 6 September for another four trainees.

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 your interest in attending the Elicitation with SHELF course and/or an Advanced Facilitation day, just send us an email.

Course fees are set out in the table. NB. Early bird rates applied only for registration up to July 31st, and so are no longer available.

CourseEarly birdRegular
Elicitation with SHELF....500...575
Advanced Facilitation...1450..1600

Course fees include 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. As soon as sufficient numbers are registered the courses will be confirmed, at which point you will be asked to make a firm commitment.


The course will be held in Sheffield at the Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 2GZ. If you wish to stay at the Leopold, we have a number of rooms available at 79 per night, including breakfast, for reservations of 1, 2 or 3 nights, but you might find better rates on the hotel's website.

The venue is in the centre of Sheffield, and 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, 3 September, with registration and refreshments available from 0900. This course will end no later than 1700 on Tuesday, 4 September.

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

Some testimonials from the January course:

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