Members of the public are getting involved in a whole range of research activities. These include helping to develop the research question, applying for funding and ethical approval, sitting on advisory groups, carrying out the research and disseminating the research findings. This briefing note considers the different ways members of the public can get involved in the stages of the research cycle.
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.
Find out more about things to consider if you are organising a meeting: Getting started – organising a meeting
Using the next and previous buttons on the folowing pages you can move through the research cycle and find out about involving members of the public at the different stages.
Identifying and prioritising topics
Designing and managing