Nominal Group Technique: A useful method for working with young people


Department of Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation, Management, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK. E-mail:


Abstract This article introduces and reflects on the appropriateness of nominal group technique (NGT) in eliciting information from young school-aged people. NGT was selected from a number of possible methods, including focus groups, brainstorming and the delphi technique. The decision to use the NGT over other group methods was determined by the nature of the issue being investigated, issues of equity and accuracy, and a preference for the more structured approach of NGT, which involves following a clear set of procedures. The article examines various methods of working with groups before outlining the key features of NGT. The practicality of using NGT with young people is addressed, and some modifications to enhance NGT's usability are noted. General benefits and limitations of the NGT approach are also considered in relation to other group methods.