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Monday, July 31 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
MT11 - Building Public Participation in Research

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The current model of research is being transformed by the crowdsourcing of research ideas and health data. To provide value, research must be ethical, methodologically sound, and clinically safe, and it must lead to practice based on real-world evidence. In addition, funders increasingly require research teams to involve the public in multiple aspects of research. Yet evidence shows that research teams struggle to include the public in activities such as systematic reviews, priority setting, research design, and evaluation.

This course shares solutions for starting from where we are to build research with public participation. We will offer practical methods to combine public involvement with science-based practice. Participants will learn manageable ways to invite the public to help prioritize, initiate, design, organize, and evaluate research.

The course will show researchers how to:

  • Write public involvement into the research protocol.

  • Use public involvement for funding applications.

  • Find, communicate with, and train research volunteers.

  • Meet with the public and manage expectations for a good working relationship.

  • Write the contributions of citizens into research results for publication.

Involving the public in scientific research offers untapped potential for improving public relations, science education, shared decision-making, and peer-to-peer knowledge. The time is ripe, the technology is ready, and the passion to engage the public is real!

Proposed level: Materials can be adapted for all levels and forms of research.

Limits on participation: None. People with hearing or visual impairments will be assigned a volunteer from the class or can bring in their own helper. The course will be segmented into manageable pieces, so handouts can be supplied for participants who miss part of the class. For those with information-processing issues, class materials can be provided ahead of time.

Intended audience: Anyone interested in public involvement, good scientific practice, and cooperation between scientists and the public.

Instructor | Speaker
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Amy Price

Researcher/Scholar/Scientist, University of Oxford
Amy Price worked as a Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Consultant and in International Missions before sustaining serious injury and years of rehabilitation. She emerged with a goal to build a bridge between research methodology, research involvement and public engagement where the... Read More →

Monday July 31, 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm PDT

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