Emergence of a new method: The Grounded Delphi method


  • Katherine Jane Howard RMIT University






This paper reports on the Grounded Delphi method (GDM), a relatively new methodological extension of the Delphi method, achieved by incorporating aspects of Grounded Theory, as used in a recent doctoral dissertation. The research explored the skills, knowledge, qualities and professional education needs of information professionals in galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) in Australia, with a view to determining relevant educational requirements to enable information professionals to operate across these blurred cultural heritage boundaries. Implications of using GDM for LIS research, and for research methods in general, is that it improves the rigour of theory building in Delphi studies, while the consensus, or force ranking, aspect of Delphi assists in improving the relevant level of importance of categories derived from Grounded Theory.

Author Biography

Katherine Jane Howard, RMIT University

Katherine Howard is currently a Lecturer in Information Management in the School of Business, IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, where she teaches Digital Curation, and Archives and Records Management. She has a keen interest in research into the new and emerging roles available for information professionals, particularly around data science, research data management, and research impact.