Issues to think about before you start – training
How you will ensure that members of the public don’t try to provide a scientific review? How will you emphasise through the training that you are looking for a review that offers the perspective of a service user, patient, carer or interested member of the public? How will you give feedback to people who do submit a scientific review? To see how others have approached this, view this case study in the Route map for user involvement.
Don’t assume that all members of the public have no prior experience of reviewing research. They may have done this in fields outside health, and/or acted as a reviewer for other health research organisations. They may only need training on how to apply their skills to your particular area.