You have considered why you want to involve people and who you want to involve. You now need to consider how these people are going to be involved in the different stages of the research cycle. For many this will involve organising a meeting, for example for project advisory groups, public events, reference groups, or workshops.
How you plan these meetings can make a huge difference to how people feel about the research and how much they are able and want to get involved in your work. Holding a meeting is only one of the ways to involve people and you may decide that this is not the best approach for your research.
I research long term health conditions, particularly respiratory problems. I don’t hold a meeting if I want to involve people in my research – instead I go to their meetings and work with people at the local Breathe Easy club. I regularly attend meetings of the club, often not discussing my research and have built a strong relationship with the people who attend’
Planning for meetings
Conducting the meetings
After the meeting
Find out more about organising meetings and events:
Patient and public involvement in research groups – guidance for Chairs (TwoCan Associates 2010)
INVOLVE online resource for researchers has templates and examples of ground rules and terms of reference for groups
Strategies for diversity and inclusion in public involvement: Supplement to the briefing notes for researchers (INVOLVE, 2012)