Open Space Meetings are patient/public-directed meetings. This technique allows for patients/public/communities to decide on the agenda, determine on the levels and methods of engagement, as well as the research decision they want to tackle in the meeting. Researchers should allow patients/public/communities to make decisions, control the meeting, and can offer support if needed.
Open Space Meetings can be useful for:
- Giving power and control to patients/public/communities around deciding what is important to people with lived experience that should be researched.
- Creating an opportunity for addressing and reflecting the needs and experiences of a large group with diverse interests in research decisions.
Note: Be sure the expectations of the meetings and outcomes are clear and understandable for everyone. It is a good idea to make time and space to break into smaller group discussions, and then bring everyone back to the larger group.