What is this?
A challenge panel is a forum in which experts and users can provide critical feedback on a concept.
When should I use this?
A challenge panel is a good method to use when you have a refined concept that would benefit from candid feedback from a range of external people.
More about this...
Challenge panels work best with a clear concept, a neutral facilitator, a diverse set of panelists, and a focused set of questions, so organizing one can be quite an undertaking. Keep in mind that even if the challenge panel is done with the understanding that the conversation is confidential, your ideas may become public, so a challenge panel with external people may not be well suited to sensitive policy solutions. Conversely, if the concept isn’t sensitive, challenge panels are a great way to involve funders, users, and potential adopters in the design process.