Tony O'Hagan - SHELF: the Sheffield Elicitation Framework

SHELF Training, 13-16 September 2022

Course announcement

Tony O'Hagan and colleagues will be running four days of tuition on Expert Knowledge Elicitation with SHELF, on 13-16 September 2022.

It will be based on the very successful training we gave four times previously, most recently in January 2020, but with a few improvements.

The first two days, 13-14 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. Practical exercises and group work provide deeper understanding of the principles, and will be particularly useful for those who may need to commission or coordinate an elicitation exercise.

The key role in the SHELF method is that of the facilitator. The Advanced Facilitation course will be run on 15 September, and if there is sufficient demand it will be run again on 16 September. This will be an immersive, 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 on each Advanced Facilitation day. 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, Caitlin Buck and James Salsbury.

Registration and course fees

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

Course fees are 625 for Elicitation with SHELF and 1650 for Advanced Facilitation, including refreshments and lunches.


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 participants wishing to stay at the Leopold will be given a code for a discounted rate. In addition to the Leopold Hotel there are several other hotels nearby.


The start and end times of each course will be as follows.

Elicitation with SHELF will begin at 0930 on Tuesday, 13 September, with registration and refreshments available from 0900. This course will end no later than 1700 on Wednesday, 14 September.

Each Advanced Facilitation day will begin at 0900, with registration and refreshments available from 0845, and will end no later than 1700.


The course will run in fully Covid-safe conditions. At present, the UK applies no restrictions on face to face meetings indoors, but we intend to ensure good spacing between participants during sessions and participants may use face coverings if they prefer. Circumstances may change, and we will employ stronger health requirements if appropriate. The course may even switch to an online mode if the Covid-19 situation worsens sufficiently.

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