These are big group meetings opened to patients/public/community. Typically, it starts with a short presentation by the researcher to provide background information about the research area, then the floor is opened to patients/public/community to ask questions or share comments and concerns. The opportunity for community to engage in dialogue about particular decisions around the research process (i.e. research priorities, outcomes, questions, design, interpreting findings, and dissemination) should be the main focus of the event.
These types of meetings can be useful for:
- Sharing information about your research or project with patients/public/community.
- Creating a space for patients/public/community members to share their perspectives on what research priorities, outcomes and questions reflect the needs of those with lived experience of the health issue(s).
- Engage and welcome all people, families, friends and communities with lived experience to express both positive and negative feedback.
Note: These are more open meetings; the direction(s) that the dialogue takes is dependent on the group that you are engaging.