Research panels are often consulted at the early stages of research projects, to discuss ideas for research, develop research questions, comment on the ethical issues and provide feedback on grant proposals. Training is important to help prepare panel members for this role. This often involves an initial introduction/induction day.
Other types of training / briefing that panel members say is helpful for this role include:
These types of training might be accessed through patient organisations, local colleges or other community organisations.
Research panels may include people with diverse training needs – members may be of different ages, cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. Before developing training for a panel it is helpful to carry out a training needs assessment to find out which type of training is going to be most useful for the individuals involved.