Consider your plans for who you are going to involve and if they reflect the diversity of people or cultures in the research. It might be that you need to take further time to build relationships with organisations and individuals to make sure that you have the breadth of perspective needed for your project. It might also be necessary to make changes in order to support people to be fully involved:
Partners needed access to terminology, steering group meetings, training in research, and funds (e.g. travel expenses). Communication challenges included the routine use of e-mail, conferences, and corridor meetings by professionals to discuss research, all of which could exclude partners. Professionals also e-mailed consultation documents at the last minute and expected rapid responses, whereas partners needed time to review unfamiliar material.
(Hewlett et al 2006)
Find out more about accessibility:
Strategies for diversity and inclusion in public involvement: Supplement to the briefing notes for researchers (INVOLVE, 2012)
NIHR ‘make it clear’ campaign
Social Care Institute for Excellence Guidelines for accessible events
Plain English campaign website