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Table 1 Differences between dialogue and debate

From: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 14: Organising and using policy dialogues to support evidence-informed policymaking

Dialogue Debate
Collaborative Oppositional
Common ground Winning
Enlarges perspectives Affirms perspectives
Searches for agreement Searches for differences
Causes introspection Causes critique
Looks for strengths Looks for weaknesses
Re-evaluates assumptions Defends assumptions
Listening for meaning Listening for countering
Remains open-ended Implies a conclusion
  1. Source: Adapted from the Co-Intelligence Institute and appearing in Jones CM, Mittelmark MB. The IUHPE Blueprint for Directed and Sustained Dialogue for Partnership Initiatives